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File Form 1099 with Your Tax Return

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.

Reporting Form 1099 on Your Tax Return

Okay, here's the situation: it's tax time and you're going through all the tax documents you received in the mail before coming across a Form 1099. There are over a dozen 1099 forms, so you may be wondering how to report your specific 1099 or multiple 1099 forms. When you prepare your 2021 Tax Return on eFile.com, the app will guide you through entering your 1099 form information based on your answers to several questions about your tax situation. eFile will ask you specific questions regarding your income before indicating which 1099 or other income form is needed.

There are many kinds of 1099 forms issued for various types of income, such as certain retirement income, self-employment income, or dividends and distributions. These forms are all supported on eFile.com, meaning only a few figures need to be entered from the form so the eFile app can calculate the various tax values and report them on the IRS and state tax forms.

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

What is Form 1099?

Form 1099 is a tax form that is used to report non-employment income that you received which needs to reported 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 forms, each of which is designated by one or more letters (such as 1099-K or 1099-MISC). These forms are all used to report different types of income. See descriptions of each 1099 form.

You may be issued a 1099-K unexpectedly for transactions made on platforms like Venmo, Cash App, or sales on eBay. This is because the IRS lowered the issuing threshold from $20,000 to $600 for transactions beginning on January 1, 2022. Generally, sales that generate you a profit and cash exchanges for goods and services are subject to this rule.

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, you won't have to worry about what forms to fill out and where to enter your 1099 numbers on eFile.com. The app will select the correct tax forms for you and help you complete them. Additionally, it will calculate the various tax figures and enter your income in the right lines of your 1040 Tax Return.

How to Enter 1099 Information on eFile.com

The simplest way to report this form is by beginning the tax interview when you sign into your eFile account. This will walk you through all the kinds of income, guide you through specific questions based on your situation, and help you claim tax deductions and tax credits. Following the interview allows the platform to go through each section so you do not miss anything.

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

1. Log into your eFile.com account and click "Federal Taxes" on the left menu.

Click Federal Taxes

 

2. Click "Review" on the left menu below the "Federal Taxes" heading.

Click Review

3. Click the "I'd like to see all federal forms" link to find a list of federal tax forms.

Find Federal Forms

4. Scroll down to the "Search for federal forms" search box and enter 1099 in the box.

Federal Form Search Box

5. View the list of 1099 forms below the search box and click the "Add form" button next to the form name you have.

1099 Forms

Listed below are the 1099 forms we currently have on eFile.com:

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

6. 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.

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

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

What if you did not receive a 1099 form? 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 may be able to use Form 4852 as a substitute which can be prepared on eFile.com. We do recommend reaching out to the payer to receive this form as it provides important tax information. If you are unable to get it, 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. If you need any further assistance with preparing and e-filing your tax return with 1099 information, contact eFile.com support.

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