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Understanding the 1099-NEC: Who Needs to Receive It?

In the landscape of tax forms and IRS documentation, the 1099-NEC Form is a crucial form for certain types of income. As tax season approaches, it’s essential to understand who is required to receive this form.

What is a 1099-NEC?

The 1099-NEC, “Nonemployee Compensation,” is a tax form introduced by the IRS for the tax year 2020. It is used to report payments of $600 or more to individuals who are not employees, typically for services rendered in the course of a trade or business. This form replaced the use of Form 1099-MISC for reporting nonemployee compensation, simplifying the tax reporting process.

Who Receives a 1099-NEC?

Below is a list of four different types of business types that would receive a 1009-NEC Form.

Freelancers and Independent Contractors

Individuals who offer their services on a freelance or independent contractor basis and earn $600 or more from a single client in a tax year will receive a 1099-NEC from that client. This includes writers, graphic designers, consultants, and other similar professions.

Gig Workers

Those working in the gig economy, such as rideshare drivers or delivery personnel, are typically classified as independent contractors. If they earn $600 or more from a single platform or client, they should expect a 1099-NEC.

Service Providers

Individuals or entities providing services like legal, accounting, or landscaping, and earning above the $600 threshold from a client or business, will receive this form.


Even if they are incorporated, attorneys receive a 1099-NEC for fees of $600 or more.

Why is the 1099-NEC Important?

For recipients, the 1099-NEC is critical for accurately reporting their income to the IRS. It helps in calculating tax liabilities and ensuring compliance. For businesses, issuing this form when required is vital to avoid penalties.

Contact Us for Assistance

As tax laws and requirements can be complex, it’s always advisable to consult with a tax professional to understand your specific obligations. Whether you’re a business owner or a freelancer, staying informed about forms like the 1099-NEC is key to a smooth tax filing experience.

Put a reporting preview task on your to-do list today to prepare for any changes that might be needed before distributing 1099-NEC Forms this month. Contact us if you have any questions.

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