Prepare your business now for the new 1099

Your 1099-NEC Refresher

The NEC uses a revised format, smaller envelope size and two new reporting changes to keep in mind for your business during tax season.


NEC or MISC—Which Form(s) Do You Need?

What exactly is non-employee compensation? And what payments need to be reported on the 1099-MISC? Our quick guide gives you the highlights.

What are you reporting? 1099-NEC 1099-MISC
Paid over $600 in compensation to an attorney or person who is not your employee for services  
Paid an individual, partnership, estate or in some cases, a corporation  
Paid an individual, partnership, estate or in some cases, a corporation  
Rental income  
Royalties, awards & prizes  
Fishing boat or crop insurance proceeds  
Medical and health care payments  
Substitute payments in lieu of dividends or interest  
Excess golden parachute payments  
Excess golden parachute payments  
Payer-made direct sales of $5,000 or more  
1099 Continuous Form

The 1099-NEC form is now continuous use

A different look means a simpler tax year

The IRS released the continuous use version of 1099-NEC for 2022. The form is still used to report unemployment compensation to payees, but the 1099-NEC is undated, so it can be used for next tax year.

Be sure to buy the right envelope! There are 2 sizes of 1099 envelopes. You'll need the 3-up 1099-NEC envelopes.

Avoid Penalties

Watch out for these stumbling blocks as you navigate this tax season. Proceed with confidence and caution. Mistakes can be costly.

DON’T use the wrong form

For some categories, it’s easy to be confused. You must report attorney’s fees on the 1099-NEC. You report gross proceeds to attorneys (from lawsuits) on the 1099 MISC. Be certain! For full details, see our IRS Resources page with links to IRS Information Sheets.

DON’T file late or fail to file

There are no automatic extensions for the 1099 NEC. The IRS may grant one 30-day extension for an extreme hardship (a death or catastrophic event). Otherwise, fines for filing late range from $50 to $270 per 1099. Intentionally filing late can result in penalties of $560 for each unfiled form.

Still uncertain?

Here are additional resources to help you find the right form.

IRS Resources

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