Form 1099-NEC & your handmade business

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Form 1099-NEC is used to report non-employee compensation of $600 or more during the tax year (2020). Handmade business owners, if you paid more than $600 to someone that is NOT an employee, you could likely have to file a Form 1099-NEC.

Tax season is here, and it means more than just getting YOUR income and expenses in order so you can file your tax return.

Form 1099-NEC reporting payments of $600 or more in your handmade business.

If you’re involved in a trade or business (which you are) then you also have an obligation to prepare and submit Form 1099-NEC when you make the following types of nonemployee compensation payments for:

  • Professional fees
  • Commissions
  • Prizes
  • Awards
  • and, any other form of compensation for services performed

to someone that isn’t classified as your employee and given a W-2 by your business.

As a handmade business owner you could need to file Form 1099-NEC

When you pay $600 or more by checks written from your business checking account, by cash, or by your banks bill pay system for:

  • tech editing services
  • contract crocheter or knitter
  • virtual assistant
  • any type of service (including parts and materials if they were part of the service
  • freelance or subcontract services
  • commissions and/or affiliate sales
  • professional fees
  • money paid to an attorney

to a single person or other business during the year (2020), you must complete and mail a 1099-NEC by February 1, 2021, indicating the amount you paid them in Box 1 Nonemployee Compensation. These forms must be mailed to the IRS, the State Tax Department, and the person or business you paid the money to – and they must postmarked by no later than February 1, 2021 (for tax year 2020).

The good news is

Yes, there is GOOD NEWS, if you made these payments using a credit card, debit card, or even PayPal or Stripe – then YOU aren’t responsible for submitting the 1099-NEC’s.

The IRS makes the credit card issuers and third-party payment networks (like PayPal and Stripe) report the payments on your behalf using a different form (a 1099K), and you don’t have to do a thing!

If you made payments of $600 or more and need to submit Form 1099-NEC

You must purchase the forms from Staples or another office supply store or use an online service such as efile4biz (I’d recommend using their efile, print & mail service).

The 1099-NEC is a 5-part form, consisting of:

  • a copy for the IRS which MUST be a pre-printed form that’s all in red
  • another for the State Tax Department (pre-printed in black)
  • 3 copies for the person or business that the money was paid to

There is also a cover sheet called a Form 1096 which you must submit.

But wait….. there’s more!

Ya, dealing with the IRS is never easy! There’s a rule and then there can be multiple exceptions to that rule …… So here we go. You,

  • need a Form W-9 completed by each person or business that you paid (or think you’ll pay) more than $600 (another good reason to get yourself an EIN)
  • a Form W-9 provides you with all the info about person or business that you are paying money to that you’ll need to complete the 1099-NEC
  • don’t need to send 1099-NEC forms to MOST S or C Corporations or to LLC’s that have chosen to be treated as S or C Corporations
  • need to send a 1099-NEC to individuals, sole proprietors, and single member LLC’s

Non-employee compensation USED to be reported on Form 1099-MISC in box 7 but is now reported on the 1099-NEC form beginning with tax year 2020.

Have questions? Feel free to drop them in the comments below.

Your in yarn & numbers, Nancy

1 Comment

  1. […] I’ve been a bookkeeper (egads 38 years and counting) there has always been a requirement for filing a 1099 when paying others for goods and services a business purchased that had a value of $600 or more […]

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