Gathering Information Form 1099-NEC

Gathering Information to Prepare Forms 1099-NEC – TY2020

Preparing Forms 1099-NEC can be difficult,  but we are here to help simplify things!

Before you prepare your Forms 1099-NEC, you will need to gather the tax information for the business or payer and recipient or payee, as well as the amounts paid to the recipient.

What’s New for 2020?

Form 1099-NEC
The PATH Act, P.L. 114-113, Div. Q, sec. 201, accelerated the due date for filing Form 1099 that includes nonemployee compensation (NEC) from February 28 to January 31 and eliminated the automatic 30-day extension for forms that include NEC. Beginning with tax year 2020, use Form 1099-NEC to report nonemployee compensation.

2020 Instructions for Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC

A. Business Information

You will need to include the following information on each 1099-MISC form you prepare.

  • Federal Employer ID Number
  • Business Name
  • Business Address

B. Recipient’s Information

Before completing a 1099-NEC form for any non-employee, have them fill out a W-9 form. A W-9 form, like W-4s for employees, will provide you with the relevant information for the recipient such as their name, address, and tax identification number.

C. Payment Amounts

File Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation (NEC), for each person in the course of your business to whom you have paid the following during the year:

  • At least $600 in:
    – 1.Services performed by someone who is not your employee (including parts and materials) (box 1);
    2.Cash payments for fish (or other aquatic life) you purchase from anyone engaged in the trade or business of catching fish (box 1); or
    3.Payments to an attorney (box 1). (See Payments to attorneys, later.)
  • You must also file Form 1099-NEC for each person from whom you have withheld any federal income tax (report in box 4) under the backup withholding rules regardless of the amount of the payment.

Be sure to report each payment in the proper box because the IRS uses this information to determine whether the recipient has properly reported the payment.

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