With tax season rapidly approaching, the IRS reminds employers that Jan. 31 is the deadline for submitting wage statements and forms for independent contractors with the government.
The Jan. 31 deadline also applies to Forms 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and Forms 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, that are filed with the IRS to report non-employee compensation to independent contractors. Various other due dates related to Form 1099-MISC, Form 1099-K and Form 1099-NEC, including dates due to the IRS, can be found on the forms' instructions.
The IRS offers a free electronic filing service for the Form 1099 series using the Information Returns Intake System (IRIS). Filers can also use this online portal to prepare payee copies for distribution, file corrections and request automatic extensions.
New filing requirements
New electronic filing requirements affect Forms W-2 that are required to be filed in 2024. Businesses that file 10 forms or more must file W-2s and certain information returns electronically. See New electronic filing requirements for Forms W-2 for more information.
E-filing is the quickest, most accurate, and most convenient way to file forms. For more information on e-filing Forms W-2, employers can refer to Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information on the Social Security Administration's website.
Key points to remember
To make the process as quick and painless as possible, follow these tips:
- Keep your bookkeeping in order throughout the year to have accurate records in January, when the form must be filed.
- Request an updated Form W-9 every year from your contractors; this will help ensure you are issuing 1099 to your current address. Before issuing a payment to a contractor, make sure you have an updated W-9 on file.
- Make sure you have accurate information ready to go when filling out 1099s.
For additional information, check out our blog article from October 2023 on the Importance of Obtaining W-9s and Issuing 1099s.