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Are You Required to File 1099s?

If you use independent contractors to perform services for your business or rental and you pay them $600 or more for the year, you are required to issue them a Form 1099 after the end of the year to avoid facing the loss of the deduction for their labor and expenses.  The 1099s for 2009 must be provided to the independent contractor no later than February 1st of 2010.  Generally, this due date is January 31, but when the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, it is not due until the next business day.

It is not uncommon to have a repairman out early in the year, pay him less than $600, then use his services again later and have the total for the year be $600 or more.  As a result, you overlook getting the information needed to file the 1099s for the year.  Therefore, it is good practice to always have individuals who are not incorporated complete and sign the IRS Form W-9 the first time you use their services.  Having a properly completed and signed Form W-9 for all independent contractors and service providers eliminates any oversights and protects you against IRS penalties and conflicts.

IRS Form (W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification) is provided by the government as a means for you to obtain the data required to file the 1099s from your vendors. It also provides you with verification that you complied with the law should the vendor provide you with incorrect information. We highly recommend that you have a potential vendor complete the Form W-9 prior to engaging in business with them. The form can either be printed out or filled onscreen and then printed out. The W-9 is for your use only and is not submitted to the IRS.

In order to avoid a penalty, copies of the 1099s need to be sent to the IRS by the last day of February. However, the due date is extended to March 1, 2010 since the last day of February 2010 falls on a Sunday.  This must be submitted on magnetic media or on optically scannable forms (OCR forms). This firm prepares 1099s in OCR format for submission to the IRS with the 1096 submittal form.  This service provides recipient and file copies for your records.  Use the worksheet to provide us with the information we need to prepare your 1099s.

Please attempt to have the information to this office by January 20, so that the 1099s can be provided to the service providers by the January 31st due date.

If you have questions, please call this office at 888-564-5777.