What Are IRS 1099 Forms?
The IRS Form 1099 series is a set of 20 forms called "information returns" that are filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The forms are used for reporting various types of income received throughout the calendar year, other than tips, wages, or salaries paid by an employer.
What Are the Different IRS 1099 Forms Used for?
- 1099-A, Acquisition or Abandonment of Secured Property. Use this form to provide information on the acquisition or abandonment of property that is security for a debt where you are the lender. There are no limits as regards to the amount.
- 1099-B, Proceeds from Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions. This form is used to report sales or redemptions of securities, commodities, futures transactions, and barter exchange transactions in all amounts.
- 1099-C, Cancellation of Debt. This form is filed by the lender and is used to report a $600 minimum in the cancellation of a debt owed to a financial institution, the federal government, a credit union, a military department, the U.S. Postal Service, or any organization having a significant money-lending trade or business. The IRS treats the debt cancellation as income, which may be taxable to the debtor.
- 1099-CAP, Changes in Corporate Control and Capital Structure. This form is filed by a corporation and is used to report information about cash, stock, or any other property obtained through the acquisition of control, or to declare a substantial change in the capital structure of a corporation. Only amounts over $1,000 are to be reported.
- 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions. An investment fund company uses this form to report their distributions and dividends that were paid on stock and liquidation distributions during the year. These payments are different than the income earned by the company from selling stocks; it is a payment of the corporation’s earnings directly to shareholders. The minimum amount to be reported is $10, and $600 for liquidations.
- 1099-G, Certain Government Payments. This form is filed by a government agency and is used to report at least $10 in compensations for unemployment, state and local income tax refunds, taxable grants, and agricultural payments made during the year.
- 1099-H, Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) Advance Payments. This form is used to report health insurance premiums that were paid on behalf of certain individuals.
- 1099-INT, Interest Income. This form is used to report interest payments. Taxpayers receive this form from the government, financial institutions, or banks where they have interest-bearing accounts. The minimum for paid amounts reported in Boxes 1, 3, and 8 is $10, and $600 is the minimum when reporting interest paid in the course of your trade or business in Box 1;
- 1099-K, Payment Card and Third-Party Network Transactions. Banks and other payment processors use this form to report payment card transactions in any amount, and third-party network transactions of at least $20,000 and a minimum of 200 transactions.
- 1099-LS, Reportable Life Insurance Sale. This form is used to report amounts paid in a reportable policy sale in any amount.
- 1099-LTC, Long-Term Care and Accelerated Death Benefits. This form is used to report payments made in compliance with a long-term care insurance contract and accelerated death benefits paid in compliance with a life insurance contract or by a viatical settlement provider, in any amount.
- 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income. This form is used to report payments of $10 or more in royalties or payments in lieu of dividends and tax-exempt interests reportable by brokers; to report payments of $600 or more for rents; services performed by independent contractors or self-employed individuals; crop insurance proceeds; cash payments for fish purchases from anyone engaged in the trade of catching fish; or fishing boat proceeds, among other payments. This form is also used to report direct sales of at least $5,000 of consumer goods for resale.
- 1099-OID, Original Issue Discount. The issuer of the debt instrument or broker uses this form to report a minimum $10 original issue discount.
- 1099-PATR, Taxable Distributions Received from Cooperatives. This form is used to report at least $10 in distributions from cooperatives.
- 1099-Q, Payments from Qualified Education Programs. This form is used to report earnings from qualified tuition programs and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts.
- 1099-QA, Distributions from ABLE Accounts. This form is used to report distributions from Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts, in any amount.
- 1099-R, Distributions from Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc. This form is used to report the distributions obtained from retirement or profit-sharing plans, any Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA), insurance contract, and IRA recharacterization, in the amount of at least $10.
- 1099-S, Proceeds From Real Estate Transactions. This form is used to report at least $600 in gross proceeds from sales or exchanges of real estate and certain royalty payments.
- 1099-SA, Distributions from an HSA, Archer MSA, or Medicare Advantage MSA. This form is used to report any amount of distributions from a Health Savings Account or an Archer or Medicare Advantage Medical Savings Account.
- 1099-SB, Seller’s Investment in Life Insurance Contract. The issuer of a life insurance contract uses this to report the seller’s investment in the contract, in any amount.