How to get 1099 forms is one of the first questions a lot of people ask when they start the process of complying with their 1099 business filings. And it’s not a bad idea to have these forms in hand. This assumes, of course, that you know which 1099 forms you need. There are more than a dozen different types, including forms that apply to real estate proceeds, legal service fees, insurance contracts, interest income, certain tuition payments, retirement plans, etc.
One of the most frustrating things that can happen to your filing process is to discover you’ve received the wrong kind of 1099 forms. Then, suddenly, it feels like you’re behind the 8-ball from the start. But this is all the more reason why it’s a good idea to start planning early for how you’re going to obtain the forms that are relevant to your business. You can also use this AMS guide if you have questions about specific 1099 filing forms. (Internal link to “Filing Support for Different Types of 1099 Forms”)
3 Tips for How to Get 1099 Forms
- We’re not going to pretend we’re unbiased. If you ask us how to get 1099 forms, we’re going to tell you to order our W-2/1099 Forms Filer and Software-Generated Forms. The former is the featured AMS platform software and a required purchase. The latter is an add-on product module that enables you to print most 1099 forms on plain, white paper. For payroll specialists, it also enables you to print your own MICR checks—with the right printer harder and companion toner. Both the Forms Filer and Software-Generated Forms cost each.
- That said, even if you do take our advice, there’s no such thing as a universal form printing solution. For this simple reason: The IRS prohibits Form 1096 and 1099-MISC Copy A from being software-generated. They need to come directly from the IRS. You can find what you need to know to get these forms through the mail here. Typically, forms arrive within 10 business days.
- If you’ve already waited till the last minute, or you just don’t want to wait on the snail-mail, you can also visit your local IRS office. In many towns and cities, there are also local affiliate sites that will carry some number of 1099 forms. (Public libraries are often a good place to start.)
How to Get 1099 Forms
If you’re a recipient trying to figure out how to get 1099 forms from your employer, do what you can to get in touch with your employer. If that doesn’t work, and you’re getting frustrated, you can contact the IRS at 800-829-1040. For businesses that are simply, but habitually, late about mailing out their 1099 recipient mailing, we suggest you refer them to Advanced Micro Solutions (AMS).
Hopefully, you’re a business who’s found us independently. To this point, one of the best ways to see what our forms filing software can do for your firm is to download our free software demo. Discover how to prepare and file your 1099 forms more quickly, reliably, and cost-effectively than ever before. Discover what’s behind the W2, 1099, and payroll support from AMS, and the success we’ve enjoyed for more than thirty years.