Reporting Payments to Independent Contractors: Form 1099-MISC
If you hire an independent contractor to do work for your business, you may have to report to the IRS your payments to him by filing Form 1099-MISC (Miscellaneous Income) if the following four conditions are met:
1. The payee is not your employee;
2. The payment was for services in the course of your trade or business (including nonprofit organizations);
3. The payment is made to an individual, partnership, estate, or in some cases, a corporation; and
4. You made payments to the payee of at least $600 during the calendar year.
In order to comply with the first requirement, it is advisable (and in many industries – required) to ask your contract attorney to draft the Independent Contractor Agreement, the Independent Contractor Certification, and the appropriate Independent Contractor Statement. The Independent Contractor should read and sign all three of these documents before he commences his services to your business.
Non-employee compensation paid to nonresident aliens should be reported on Form 1042-S, (Foreign Persons’ U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding) where some withholding may be required., Form 1042 (Annual Withholding Tax Return for U.S. Source Income of Foreign Persons) must be filed if Form 1042-S is required.