Preparing Form 1099-MISC
December 5, 2017
 
As we approach the end of 2017 it is time to start thinking about the preparation of Form 1099-MISC. 
 
Most frequently utilized is Nonemployee compensation, Box 7 on the form. 
 
Nonemployee compensation includes payments of $600 or more that you paid in the course of your business operations to someone who is not your employee for services that would normally be subject to Self Employment tax (not including corporations.)
 
This would include fees for services (like repairs, lawn maintenance, janitorial etc.) attorney’s fees and director fees.  See instructions to Form 1099-MISC for complete listing of items to include.  
 
Exclusions include payments for merchandise, utilities, freight, storage and such similar items.  Generally, payments made to corporations are excluded as well, with the exception being legal fees.
 
Another box frequently utilized is Box 1 – Rents.  If you pay building, land or equipment rentals of $600 or more you will need to prepare a Form 1099-Misc to report the payments.  An exception would be if you are paying building rent to a real estate agent.  Then you are not required to file.
 
If you pay loan interest to someone other than a bank or financial institution, remember you will need to prepare a Form 1099-Int for the business loan. 
 
As you prepare your 1099s remember the following:   If the recipient is an individual, normally the EIN will be their social security number.  If the EIN is a federal tax ID number, normally the recipient will be a business name.  IRS has a matching procedure and will notify you if the tax ID number and recipient name do not match their records.
 
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