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What You Should Know About 1099s

Tax Day has come and gone once again.

As a taxpayer, we’re willing to bet that you hate putting together documentation for Uncle Sam. Obviously, though, it’s something every taxpayer must do.

We thought it would be beneficial to focus on 1099 preparation in our latest blog post. More specifically, what should the average joe know when they go to file 1099 forms next year?

Let’s take a look:

  1. There are countless varieties of 1099 – The accompanying infographic explains this in greater detail, but it’s also worth touching on in this list. There’s a 1099-DIV for dividends, a 1099-INT for interest, a 1099-R for pensions and retirement payouts, a 1099-S for real estate transactions, and more. Interestingly, the one that’s most common (Form 1099-MISC) seems to be the most challenging for taxpayers. The takeaway here is that not all 1099 forms are the same.

  2. Timing is important – Taxpayers had until January 31, 2018 to file 1099s for the 2017 tax year. For future reference, some businesses send out their 1099s at the same time they mail pay stubs so they don’t have to send a form later. That’s why it’s a good idea to always look out for 1099s. Maybe you’re wondering, “What if I don’t receive a copy of my 1099 form by February or March.” Well, don’t just assume you’re in the clear. Believe it or not, some businesses don’t issue 1099s until well into April or May. This is certainly something to keep in mind if you’re accustomed to filing taxes early.

  3. The Internal Revenue Service receives them also – The majority of businesses send 1099s to the IRS at the same time they mail forms to taxpayers. It’s just easier that way, right? Other payers get the necessary documentation to employees, allow some time to collect copies, and then transmit this information electronically to the IRS. Why is this worth mentioning? Here’s the thing: while you may think you can hide earnings information from big brother, you really can’t.

  4. Report errors as soon as possible – It’s one thing to keep every 1099 in a neatly organized pile. That said, do yourself a favor and open these forms immediately after receiving them. Reporting errors happen every once in a while. The last thing you want is to see $10,000 on an issued 1099-MISC when you know you only made $1,000 from the company that sent the form. Tell the company immediately if this occurs.

  5. Report every 1099 – It goes without saying that you can’t ignore a 1099 form. Keep in mind that the IRS matches every single 1099 form with your tax return. Do you think a particular one should be canceled? Then make it a point to explain why on your return.

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Why You Should Use OnlineFileTaxes.com

We don’t know many people who actually enjoy doing their taxes. But if you’re the owner of a business, an accounting professional, or self-employed, 1099 preparation is a big deal. OnlineFileTaxes.com is proud to be an IRS-approved e-file provider. We take the hassle out of filing your 1099 forms. With our online tax reporting service, you can e-file 1099 forms and other documentation in minutes. Say goodbye to wasting valuable business days manually going through one 1099 after another. With OnlineFileTaxes.com, your files are electronically sent to the Internal Revenue Service quickly and efficiently. For your convenience, we also print and mail recipient copies for you to keep in your records. Keep reading to learn more about our service and how OnlineFileTaxes.com makes sense for your situation.

File 1099 Forms With Ease

Whether you have just one copy of a 1099 form to file or hundreds, we invite you to take advantage of our services. So what makes OnlineFileTaxes.com unique? Well, let’s start with the fact that our do-it-yourself software allows you to effectively manage all of those tax forms. Plus, since we e-file 1099 forms, a 1096 isn’t necessary. As long as you get your completed documentation in by the end of March, then it will be filed on time. Pretty cool, right?

Our Pricing to E-File 1099 Forms

It’s our belief that you shouldn’t have to pay a premium price to have someone handle your 1099 forms. Please note that our default service option includes e-filing, as well as printing mailing recipient copies. Here are a few other options available through OnlineFileTaxes.com:

  • E-file only – Maybe you have already provided us with recipient copies and simply want us to report to the IRS. If that’s the case, then this is the option for you.

  • Print and mail only – Some businesses and individuals prefer that we print and mail recipient copies. For example, let’s say you already submitted your information to the IRS but would like OnlineFileTaxes.com to provide hard copies to recipients. You can count on us to customize a solution to fit your needs.

  • TIN checking – Should you report a wrong TIN number for your recipients, you could face serious penalties. OnlineFileTaxes.com can help you be proactive in this area. It’s important to know that we are an IRS-approved TIN check provider. If you’re interested in this service, we will confirm the number before submitting to the IRS. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions regarding TIN checking.

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What Others Say About Our 1099 Preparation

OnlineFileTaxes.com will e-file your 1099 forms for as low as $1.25 per form. Frankly, if you’re looking to save time and money on your taxes, choosing OnlineFileTaxes.com is a no-brainer.

Take it from Jennifer Schubert-Akin of Manhattan Accounting Services, LLC in Colorado, who says, “I highly recommend OnlineFileTaxes for your 1099 e-filing needs. There’s no need to buy expensive forms and stuff envelopes. It’s secure, accurate, fast, and affordable…and better than Intuit’s e-file service.

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Tips for Filing 1099-R

Form 1099-R is a U.S. Internal Revenue Service form that’s used to report distributions from pensions, annuities, retirement/profit-sharing plans, IRAs, and insurance contractors for each person to whom you have made a designated distribution or are treated as having made a distribution of $10 or more from profit-sharing or retirement plans. This could also include any individual arrangements, annuities, pensions, insurance contractors, survivor income benefit plans, permanent and total disability payments under life insurance contractors, charitable gift annuities, etc. Keep reading for 1099-R filing tips from OnlineFileTaxes.com.

  1. Your taxable amount may not be fully ‘taxable-focus’ on Box 2a - Usually, your plan administrator must reflect the taxable amount of your distribution in Box 2a. Be aware that the following are non-taxable transactions, which would be reported in Box 1, but not Box 2a:

    1. Direct rollovers between qualified plans, 403(b) plans, 457(b) plans, traditional IRAs, and simple IRAs
    2. The principal on a return of excess contribution from an IRA that’s removed by the deadline (the excess amount and earnings are reported in Box 1, but only the earnings are reported in Box 2a)
    3. Any recharacterized IRA contributions or Roth conversions
    4. Distributions of after-tax amounts from qualified plan
  2. You will need to apply the non-taxable treatment on your return if an amount is reported in Box 2a – Let’s look at an example of this. You receive a rollover eligible distribution and you rolled over the amount within two months. The IRS requires that you report such amount on Lines 15a and 15b if the distribution was made from an IRA or Lines 16a and 16b if the distribution was made from a qualified savings plan. Maybe you receive a distribution of $15,000 from your traditional IRA last year, but you rolled over the amount within the allocated 60 days. The issuer of your 1099-R must report the amount as taxable. When you file your return, be sure to do the following:

    1. Enter $15,000 on Line 15a

    2. Enter ‘rollover’ next to Line 15b

    3. Enter ‘0’ on Line 15b

  3. Non-taxable amounts are attributed to after-tax contributions made to your qualified plan – Here’s the thing: If the distributions were made from a qualified plan or 403(b) plan, then there’s a good chance the 1099-R correctly shows the non-taxable amount. Just know that you may have to file Form 8606 with your return in this case. Form 8606 includes a formula that helps you determine the taxable portion of your distribution. Filing this additional form will help the IRS understand how you got to the current figure.

  4. Stay accurate with any recharacterization – Let’s say that you converted an amount that water recharacterized down the road. If a conversion for last year is recharacterized this year, the 1099-R for recharacterization will not be issued until January of next year. Not only that, but the tax reporting for the recharacterization will likely not correspond to the tax reporting for the conversion. Consider the hypothetical in which you converted $200,000 last year and, due to market losses, the account was valued at $150,000 when it was recharacterized. You should expect to receive a 1099-R form and a 5498 showing $150,000 for the recharacterization. Still, you would treat the entire $200,000 as non-taxable because the entire amount was recharacterized for tax purposes. In the event that you characterize less than 100 percent of the conversion, you will need to file IRS Form 8606.

Unless the form shows that you had taxes withheld, it’s not required that a 1099-R be filed with your return. It’s a good idea, however, to keep a copy of your account statement that includes the transaction for which the form was generated. This way, you have what you need should a transaction review come up down the road.

Stress-Free Way to File 1099 Forms

We are proud to make 1099 preparation much more efficient and cost-effective than it’s been in the past. OnlineFileTaxes.com is an IRS-approved e-file provider. Whether you need just one copy of 1099 forms or hundreds, we can help. Our 1099 online forms are available for as low as $1.25 perform.

 

Here’s how it works: First, use our online tax reporting service to e-file your 1099 forms in minutes. No longer are you forced to spend hours on end filling out forms manually. From there, your online files are electronically sent to the IRS for fast, efficient, and simple filing. We even print and mail recipient copies for you to keep for your records.

With OnlineFileTaxes.com, you don’t have to invest in expensive software that you only use during tax season. Plus, say goodbye to outrageous administrative and IT costs related to year-end 1099 processing.

Have you been searching for a less stressful way to e-file 1099 forms? Look no further than OnlineFileTaxes.com.

 

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