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How to Prepare, File a Tax Return with a 1099?

We have divided the topic of 1099 forms up into three pages:

  1. 1099 Form Types and Requirements
  2. How to Prepare and File a Tax Return with a Form 1099
  3. How to Issue a Form 1099

Ok, here's the situation: it's tax time, and you are going through all the tax documents you received in the mail. You come across a Form 1099.

To find out what a 1099 is and what to do with it, review the following sections: 

What is Form 1099?

What to Do with a 1099 Form

How to efile a Tax Return with 1099 Income

How to Enter 1099 Information on efile.com

What to Do If There is No 1099

What Is Form 1099?

Form 1099 is a tax form that is used to report income that you received, and which you need to report on your tax return. The payer sends the proper 1099 to the IRS, and a copy of the form to you. There are many different kinds of 1099. Each 1099 is designated by one or more letters (such as 1099-K or 1099-MISC), and each one is used to report different types of income. See descriptions of each 1099 form.

What to Do with a 1099 Form

When you prepare your tax return, you will need to report all of the taxable income you have received during the tax year. Income information is provided to you on various forms, such as a W-2 or a 1099. A W-2 reports income you earned as an employee, but many other types of income are reported on a 1099 form. If you have income reported on a 1099, efile.com will select the correct tax forms for you and help you fill them out.

How to efile a Tax Return with 1099 Income

The easiest way to prepare a tax return with 1099 income with efile.com. You won't have to worry about what forms to fill out and where to enter the numbers from your 1099. We will guide you through entering the information, and we will do all the math and make sure the correct tax forms are filled out.

How to Enter 1099 Information on efile.com

Note: The instructions below contain images and are not interactive.

1. Log into your efile.com account and click "Review" on the left menu.

Enter Your 1099 Information using the efile.com software.

 

2. Scroll down to the "Find a federal form" search box and enter 1099 in the box. Click the magnifying glass or press "Enter"/"Return" on your keyboard.

Enter Your 1099 Information using the efile.com software search box.

 

3. View the list of 1099 forms in the modal box that appears (see image below) and click the light blue link next to or below the form you have.

Enter Your 1099 Information using the efile.com software and clicking on the search modal.

Here are the 1099 forms we currently have on efile.com:

  • 1099-SSA - Social Security
  • 1099-G - Unemployment, Tax Refunds and Other Government Payments
  • 1099-MISC - Miscellaneous Income
  • 1099-C - Debt Cancelation
  • 1099-R - Pensions and Retirement Plan Withdrawals
  • 1099-OID - Interest Income - Schedule B
  • 1099-DIV - Dividend Income
  • 1099-RRB - Railroad Retirement Benefits
  • 1099-B - Stock Transactions and Sale of Assets
  • 1099-INT - Interest Earned
  • 4852-Substitute for Form W-2/1099-R
  • 8889 - Health Savings Accounts (complete form using 1099-SA info)

4. Enter the information from your paper form in the corresponding spaces on the 1099 form screen. See the "Help" box on the upper right of the screen for more information about each entry.

5. Click the green "Save" button at the bottom of the 1099 screen when it's completed.

If you need any further assistance, contact support.

NOTE: A few of the less common 1099 forms do not have separate entry screens and the information must be entered directly on another form. Efile.com will present you with the correct forms based on your answers to a series of "yes" or "no" questions. If you do not know where to enter something, or if you have any trouble at all, please contact support.

What to Do If There is No 1099

It is possible that you were paid such a small amount that the payer is not required to issue you a 1099. Regardless, you are still required to report any taxable income you received. You can enter the information on the appropriate 1099 screen even if you do not have an actual paper form.

If you should have been sent a 1099 but were not, you can generally use Form 4852 as a substitute. However, you should report the missing form to the IRS and ask for their guidance on how to proceed. You can call IRS taxpayer assistance at 1-800-829-1040.

See the description and requirements for each 1099 form.

More Form 1099 Information

What If I Have to Issue a Form 1099?

What Are the Different Kinds of 1099?

How Do I File a Tax Return If I Am Self-Employed?

What Kinds of Income Are Taxable?