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Proper 1099 Forms

Posted by taxguru on January 21, 2006


Subject: 1099 forms
Kerry – The web site where I have been getting the 1099 & 1096 forms say you can no longer use these off their site because they are in red and there is a penalty if you use them.  Can you tell me where I can get these forms?  I’ve call the Post Office and the Library…they don’t have any.  Thanks,



Actually, nothing has changed in regard to the 1099 forms

The copies you need to give to your payees by January 31 can be of the regular black and white variety as produced through QuickBooks or that you can download or photo-copy.  Those are super easy to prepare.

The hassle is with the copies that are to be sent to IRS by February 28.  They do have to be printed on a special scan-able red-ink form that is a pain in the butt to line up properly in laser printers.  You can buy these forms at most office supply stores.  You should buy a few more than you will actually need because the first test ones will probably be messed up.

Good luck.



It’s also time for my annual reminder that it’s best to not rush the 1099 and W-2 forms in to IRS and SSA.  They are not due to the government until February.  It will make everyone’s life much less complicated if you give your payees time to review their copies and notify you of any errors before you send in the government’s copies.  


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