A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting a 1099 From an Employer

A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting a 1099 From an Employer

Get all the information you need for a 1099 from your employer in one place with this helpful guide.

Do you want to take control of your finances? Tired of having an employer dictate how much you make and when you get paid? Get ready to learn how to get a 1099 from your employer and unlock the power of additional income!



Getting a 1099 from your employer is an important step in managing your finances. A Form 1099 is an information return that lets you and the IRS know how much you've earned in non-salary income, such as commission and self-employment income. If you do not receive this form or if it has incorrect information, you should contact your employer to get a copy. The following guide provides detailed instructions on how to get a 1099 from your employer.

First, it's important to understand which type of employees get a 1099 form from their employers. Generally speaking, independent contractors receive these forms, while those working as W2 employees do not. This is because W2 employees are paid through payroll and the company withholds taxes for them, while independent contractors pay their own self-employment taxes.

If you believe that you are due a 1099 form from your employer but have yet to receive one, you should reach out directly to inquire about it as soon as possible. You can call the payroll or finance department at your organization or send an email to double check if they have prepared a 1099 for you and when they plan on sending it out. You may also want to ask what information they used to calculate the amount on the form – this can help ensure accuracy before filing tax returns.


What is a 1099?

A 1099 is a type of tax form used by businesses to report employee income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The 1099 also serves as evidence of income. It contains information about the payer, including their name, address and taxpayer identification number. It also lists the amount of gross wages and total wages paid to the employee during the year.

A payer is required by law to issue a 1099 to any person or entity that receives payments for services in an amount greater than $600 per year.

Individuals who receive this form will use it while filing taxes so they can properly declare earnings from independent contracts performed throughout the prior year. Self-employed individuals, like freelancers and other independent contractors, are typically issued a 1099 instead of a W-2 form as full-time employees receive. If you received income from an employer as an independent contractor, you may be eligible for a 1099.


Who is eligible for a 1099?

In order to receive a 1099 form from an employer, the worker must meet certain criteria. Generally, anyone who receives payments for services provided as an independent contractor or self-employed individual will be eligible to receive a 1099 from the business. It is important to remember that if the relationship between employer and employee can be characterized as “employer/employee” rather than “contractor/client”, then the worker will not be eligible to receive a 1099.

Generally, freelancers and contractors should get paid (in part or in full) through 1099 tax forms. Other circumstances when this form may be issued is if an employee receives income from

  • rental property,
  • gambling winnings,
  • consulting fees,
  • prizes or awards.

If a person has received more than $600 in payments from another entity (including individuals or businesses) during the course of a year, then they are likely eligible for at least a partial 1099 form and should report such payments as income on their taxes.


It is also important to understand that not all employers are required to provide 1099s; similarly not all workers are eligible for them. If you have any questions about whether or not you should expect one it’s best to consult a tax professional or research your obligations on your own.


Benefits of receiving a 1099

If you are a freelancer, independent contractor, or business owner, then you most likely will receive a 1099 form from your employers. Receiving this type of form is beneficial to you in many ways. A 1099 tax form will report the total amount of payments received from all employers throughout the timespan covered in the document. This is important for accurately filing taxes with the IRS, as well as providing proof of any dependents claimed by you.

Most importantly, receiving a 1099 means fewer taxes taken out of earnings and more return for each payment made to an individual or business entity throughout the year. Because taxes have not been incurred on the front-end through a traditional employer/employee arrangement, those who receive 1099s will only be liable for paying back-end taxes after they have already earned their income and put it towards their savings or investments.

Moreover, those who receive 1099s also have more autonomy over their work schedule and ability to negotiate payment terms with clients or companies that employ them. This provides an added layer of freedom and flexibility to those able to prove they are capable at understanding financial responsibility in tax matters such as filing a 1099 at year's end. In some cases, businesses may even offer comprehensive tax assistance programs that can help workers understand what types of financial decisions will incur high levels of taxation liability when filing their annual return forms with the IRS.


How to request a 1099 from an employer

It’s important to know when and how to request a 1099 from an employer. A 1099 form is issued for independent contractors and other workers who received income during the tax year though the amount received does not exceed $600. If you’re an employee of an organization, you can typically request your 1099 from your employer. Here are the steps you should follow to obtain your 1099 form:

  1. Contact your employer: This should be done as early as possible in order to make sure everything is in order for tax filing season. Inquire about their policies regarding filing a 1099 or ask if there is any special paperwork or forms that need to be filled out in order to receive one.
  2. Follow any specific instructions given by your employer: It's important to understand what might need to be provided in order for you to receive the correct forms and paperwork necessary for filing taxes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  3. Request a copy of your W-2 and/or other tax forms: After receiving any instructions from your employer on how they prefer payments reported, it’s time to request copies of all necessary documents including but not limited to W-2 forms, I-9 forms verifying employment eligibility and/or other income documents from independent contractors or vendors sent directly through your company that utilized self-employment services such as ridesharing or app development platforms like TaskRabbit or Fiverr etcetera during that respective tax year periods.
  4. File taxes on time: Make sure all paperwork has been thoroughly reviewed before submitting it along with all other documents necessary in filing taxes accurately on time with the IRS collectively together so proper deductions made available do not become forfeited due paying tax late penalties when applicable accordingly depending upon individual taxpayers unique cases respectively at hand!


When to expect a 1099 from an employer

The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) requires businesses to report the income they have paid an individual or company in the form of a 1099. The filing deadline for providing a 1099 form to taxpayers is January 31 each year. This gives businesses the time they need to compile records and ensure accurate information is included when sending out a 1099 form.

If you received payments from an employer or contractor during a calendar year, it is likely that you will receive a 1099 so that your income can be reported and taxed properly. You should expect to receive your 1099 by late January or February at the latest. If you haven’t received it by this time, you should contact your employer or contractor directly and ask them when they plan to issue it. It's important for both parties if individuals report their income accurately – penalties may be issued for either party if inaccurate returns are filed.

When requesting your copy of the 1099 from your employer, make sure that you specify whether you need Form 1099-MISC (for non-employee compensation) or Form 1099-R (for retirement payouts). There are other types of forms available aside from these two, so be sure to check which one(s) apply to your situation before requesting documents from an employer or contractor.


How to file taxes with a 1099

Once you’ve received your 1099 form from an employer, it’s time to begin completing your taxes. It is important to properly file taxes when using a 1099, since failing to do so could lead to significant consequences. Below are some tips for filing taxes with a 1099.

  • Determine whether you should use the 1040 or 1040A tax form. This will depend on the specifics of your tax situation, but in general those who receive income from a business will file the 1040, and those who only have wages and salaries use the 1040A form.
  • Familiarize yourself with line 21 on Form 1040 or line 8 on Form 1040A. This is where you enter nonemployee compensation such as income reported on Form1099-MISC. Add up all of your nonemployee compensation income and enter the total as part of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Be sure to include all of this type of income because even small amounts need to be reported.
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As you can see, getting a 1099 from an employer when you are a contractor or independent worker can be an important step in managing your financial well-being. You should always make sure to keep all of the relevant paperwork on hand so that when tax season comes around, you're prepared. Work with your employer to get the right paperwork in place as soon as possible.

When filing your taxes each year, do not forget to include any forms that your employer has provided you with, such as a 1099 form. The IRS will be looking for it and if it is not included, you may face fines or penalties. Also make sure to keep copies of all of the information for your records – this could be helpful if any questions should arise about your taxes in the future.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a 1099 form?

A. A 1099 form is a tax form used to report income that is not subject to income tax withholding. This form is usually issued by employers to independent contractors or freelancers who have done work for them.

Q. How do I get a 1099 form from my employer?

A. You can request a 1099 form from your employer after the end of the tax year. Your employer should provide you with the form by January 31.

Q. What information do I need to provide my employer to get a 1099 form?

A. You will need to provide your employer with your full name, address, and social security number. You may also need to provide a copy of your driver’s license or other government-issued identification.

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