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How to Fill Out a 1099 Form for Miscellaneous Income - Simplify Tax Filing

Form 1099 is one of the many forms that you will have to fill out when doing your federal income taxes. Like most forms that you will have to fill out during tax season, form 1099 is meant to provide the government with information about your income so they can determine how much taxes to withhold.  

In this guide, we will look at the 1099 form in greater detail; what it is, whether or not you need to fill it out and how to fill out a 1099 form.

What is Form 1099

Form 1099 is the tax form that you will have to fill out to report non-salary income to the IRS for federal tax purposes. There are more than 20 different variations of form 1099, but the most common is the 1099-NEC. The IRS requires all persons who pay independent contractors earning more than US$600 in a financial year to fill out form 1099-NEC.

A different variation of form 1099 is used to report money made from prize winnings, tax dividends, interest from investments, state tax refunds, sale of property, and even credit card debt forgiveness.

Form 1099-MISC vs. 1099-NEC

Form 1099- MISC is used to report trade or business payments that are unrelated to nonemployee compensation. These can include payments like at least $10 in royalties, rent, prizes and awards, medical and health card payments, payments to an attorney, and crop insurance proceeds.

Form 1099-NEC on the other hand is the form that you will fill out whenever you pay an independent contractor $600 or more in compensation. The IRS will use the information provided on this form to verify your income and therefore determine your tax levels.

How to Download Form 1099

You can download a copy of form 1099 from the official IRS website or state tax website. There are also some third-party software and services that will allow you to download form 1099 directly if you choose to use a third-party service to fill out the form. Form 1099 can be downloaded in PDF format and you can choose to print it out or use a PDF program to fill out the form.

When Do I Need to Fill Out Form 1099?

If you pay an independent contractor more than $600 in compensation in a given financial year, you will need to fill out a form 1099-NEC.

If you are an independent contractor, you are not required to fill out form 1099, but it is important to make sure that your clients receive a copy of form 1099-NEC. You should also follow up to make sure that any clients that pay you more than $600 fill out this form as you will need this information when reporting your income to the IRS.

How to Fill Out IRS Form 1099

The most convenient way to fill out a form 1099 is to use a PDF form-filling solution like UPDF. Here's how you can use it to fill out form 1099:

Step 1: Open the Form

Start by downloading the correct form 1099 that you want to fill out. Dwonload UPDF and open it in UPDF.

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Step 2: Fill out the Form 1099

Now you need to recognize the field of the PDF form. Tap the "Prepare Form" icon on the left bar. You can find "Form Field Recognition" on the tool icon.

Once the form becomes fillable, you should be able to complete all the required details, starting with your personal information.

Make sure that all the details provided on the form are correct before moving on to the next step.

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Step 3: Edit the Form 1099

If you want to supplement other content, please kindly check the top menu. It can add Text Fields, Check Boxes, Radio Buttons, Dropdowns, List Boxes, Buttons, etc. Click the "Preview" icon on the top-right if you want to check the effects.

Step 4: Sign the Form 1099

Once you are doubly sure that all the details provided on the form are correct, you will need to authenticate the form by adding a signature.

To do that, click "Comment" in the left menu bar and click on "Signature" in the toolbar at the top and add a signature by clicking "Create Signature". Select "Create" and the signature will be made. You can then choose the signature and add the signature to the form.

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It has very useful features that all work together to create, edit, annotate, and convert PDFs. These features and pros include the following:

  • It is the most complete PDF form filler in the market, allowing you to add text and edit the text in the 1099 form or any other PDF file easily and quickly; just as you would when working with a Word processor.
  • It also allows you to authenticate the form once it is completed by adding a valid and binding signature to the document.
  • It also comes with a lot of cool annotation features that can make collaboration on a document easy, ideal when you're getting help filling out form 1099 and you'd like to share your thoughts.
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  • Its easy document-sharing features mean that you can send the form to others very quickly and without having to exit UPDF.

Common Mistakes to Avoid when Filling Out Form 1099

The following are some of the most common mistakes that we see with users when filling out form 1099;

  • Failing to fill out the correct form 1099. It is important to check the variation of form 1099 that you are required to fill out before starting the filing process.
  • Failing to file by the due date. This is a common mistake that can be avoided by starting early.
  • Reporting the wrong Taxpayer ID Number (TIN) or forgetting to report the TIN.
  • Providing incorrect details on the form.
  • Filing a paper return when electronic filing is required.
  • The improper formatting of name, address, and other personal details. Checking and rechecking the details on the form before submitting it can help you avoid this all-too-common error.
  • Failing to ensure that the form 1099 is machine readable. The best way to avoid this problem is to file electronically (unless paper filing is required). The IRS machine reading process will favor forms that are filled in with dark ink and in clearly legible letters.


Filing any kind of IRS form including form 1099 can be quite challenging, especially since you need to make sure that you are selecting the correct form 1099 to file. The key is to start by determining the variation of form 1099 you need to fill out, start the filing process early, and if filing electronically, choose UPDF to simplify the process further. Asking for help when you need it will also help you avoid some of the common pitfalls experienced by many during tax season. Download UPDF today to fill out form 1099.

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