Everything You Must Know on How to Correct a 1099 Form

Many taxpayers began to wonder how to correct a 1099 MISC form after the IRS released the 1099 NEC document. The form is also known as Miscellaneous Income and is reported by business owners who provided payments for nonemployees during the year. It covers numerous cases, including rents and awards, so many business owners start 1099 correction mainly because they can’t keep up with a wide range of services.

1099-MISC Form 65bb60ced1918f924e00be1b

What are 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC

Form 1099-MISC

Business owners send 1099 NEC to the IRS to inform about their nonemployees who received at least $600 per year or more who filled out the requesed W9. It is also sent to the nonemployees. To get this procedure done, you should have the corrected 1099 NEC form. Before 2020 it was a 1099-MISC form that performed the same tasks as 1099-NEC. In 2020, the IRS decided to separate forms. If you still don’t know which file is a corrected 1099, you need to check out their features:

1099 Correction Types

The IRS accepts the 1099 amendment form, but you can avoid making mistakes in the first place. Usually, there are simple corrections that are required. Most of them are made because of inattention. If you don’t want to start correcting a 1099 MISC right after you complete it, you can pay attention to the next popular types of mistakes:

  • You used the wrong form. You have to use NEC instead of MISC, for example;
  • You provided the wrong numbers at the boxes of money amounts in your incorrect 1099-MISC form;
  • You put the tick in the wrong box;
  • You did not have to file the return;
  • You’ve made a mistake in the TIN or the name of the payee;
  • You’ve made a mistake in the address.

How to Correct 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC

Form 1099-NEC

You may not amend 1099 MISC and NEC forms because the IRS doesn’t insist on that. But if you have not filed the document to officials yet, you can edit it via the PDFLiner online editor. It does not take a long time. But, if you have already sent the form with the wrong TIN, name of the payee, or mistake in number, here is how to amend 1099 MISC and NEC:

  • Write a letter to the IRS with the name and your address;
  • Describe the type of error you’ve made in the document;
  • Underline the tax year you’ve calculated the payments;
  • Include the correct TIN;
  • Provide the transmitter control code inside;
  • Describe the type of return;
  • Write down the information about your filling method;
  • Indicate the number of payees involved in the procedure;
  • If the federal income tax was already withheld, you have to highlight this in the letter.

Pay attention that the wrong address may cause trouble since you will not receive the check. Anyway, if you filled in the wrong address, you can note the correct one in other documents or you have to file the letter to the Information Returns Branch. The form will be the same you’ve used to file the original document. You can’t use the 1099 correction letter template since there is no any. So, in case you don’t understand something, just talk to the staff of the IRS and explain the specific situation.

1099-NEC Form 65bb657f5447959694021119

How to File Corrected 1099 Forms

You will not find the correction form for 1099. Use the original one as a correction form. Make sure you explain to officials that you are sending the amended one. So, after you complete the new corrected form, follow the next steps:

  • Put a tick in the box “Corrected” at the top of the page;
Correcting 1099
  • Send the new form to the IRS;
  • Send the corrected form to the vendor or contractor with whom you worked;
  • If you need, file form 1096 with the corrected return;
filling form 1096
  • Don’t include incorrect form anywhere;
  • Send the correction to the Information Returns Branch of the IRS.


Check out the most popular questions on 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC forms. This information may help you to file the forms without mistakes or easily correct them.

What is the difference between 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC?

The 1099-NEC form was part of the 1099-MISC form until 2020. In 2021, the IRS decided to separate them. The 1099-NEC form was made for business owners who use the services of nonemployees and paid them $600 or more per year. The 1099-MISC form is for a wide range of miscellaneous income.

When should I file a corrected 1099 form?

You should file the corrected form after you had sent it incorrectly. The IRS usually expects corrected forms by April 2 or the end of March. Yet, since this form must be attached to the nonemployee's tax report, it must be corrected as soon as possible.

How do I void 1099?

You can void the incorrect 1099 form by using the correct one. Send the correct version to the IRS. You have to place the “X” in the box “Corrected” at the top of the form.

Does the address on 1099 matter?

Usually, it does not. If you have made a mistake in the address, don’t worry, the IRS will not use it. Yet, you still need to use the correct one in the other forms.

Is there a penalty for filing a corrected 1099?

It depends on the circumstances. If you file the correct form within the 30 days due date, you will be charged $50. The maximum penalty reaches $197,500.

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