Use Form 1099-NEC to Report Non-employee Compensation in 2020


If you’ve been in business more than 38 years, you may remember form 1099-NEC. Prior to 1982, this was the form you used to report non-employee compensation. Now the IRS is re-introducing this form to replace Box 7* on Form 1099-MISC. So, starting with 2020, you must file Form 1099-NEC if you have paid more than $600 to an independent contractor.

Here’s a look at the revamped form:

Form 1099-NEC

Distributing Copies of the Form

The form has 5 parts. Distribute them as follows:

  • Copy A: The IRS
  • Copy 1: State tax department, if applicable
  • Copy B: Independent contractor
  • Copy 2: Independent contractor
  • Copy C: Keep in your business records

When to File the Form

Starting in 2021, you must distribute forms to workers and file Copy A of the form with the IRS by February 1.

When to Use Form 1099-MISC

Form 1099-MISC is still in use. Beginning with tax year 2020, you should file Form 1099-MISC for each person to whom you have paid the following in the course of your business during the year:

  • At least $10 in royalties or broker payments in lieu of dividends or tax-exempt interest.
  • At least $600 in the following:
    • Prizes and awards.
    • Other income payments.
    • Generally, cash from a notional principal contract to an individual, a partnership or an estate.
    • Any fishing boat proceeds.
    • Medical and health care payments.
    • Crop insurance proceeds.
    • Payments to an attorney.
    • Section 409A deferrals.
    • Nonqualified deferred compensation.

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*In 2020, Box 7 on Form 1099-MISC is “Payer made direct sales of $5,000 or more of consumer products to a buyer (recipient) for resale.”