Tax Dictionary – 1099-MISC
You will receive Form 1099-MISC from a payer that paid you:
- at least $10 in royalties or broker payments in lieu of dividends or tax-exempt interest;
- at least $600 in:
- services performed by someone who is not your employee;
- prizes and awards;
- other income payments;
- medical and health care payments;
- crop insurance proceeds;
- cash payments for fish (or other aquatic life) you purchase from anyone engaged in the trade or business of catching fish;
- generally, the cash paid from a notional principal contract to an individual, partnership, or estate;
- payments to an attorney; or
- any fishing boat proceeds,
- For direct sales of at least $5,000 of consumer products for resale anywhere other than a permanent retail establishment.
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The most common reason that you might receive a Form 1099-MISC is for non-employee compensation. If a business pays you for services, but does not classify you as an employee, then you should receive a Form 1099-MISC if they paid you over $600 in a tax year. The amount of compensation will be shown in Box 7. Even though you may not think of yourself as having a business, for tax filing purposes, you are considered self-employed if you receive a Form 1099-MISC with income in box 7.
You can also receive a Form 1099-MISC for any of the other reasons listed in the IRS definition. Any income reported on a Form 1099-MISC must be reported as income on your tax return.
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