When filing taxes, very few people know how to void a 1099 - mainly because they do not think that they will ever need it. However, errors can happen sometimes.
It can be the name and address, or it may be that you messed up the sum written on the form. In that case, voiding the original form is the best thing you could probably do to avoid a penalty. This article will guide you into what you should do if you make a mistake with form 1099.
If the mistake is small or does not involve a smaller amount of money, then it is likely that the error will not need correcting. However, there are still some common errors that, when left uncorrected, can still cause a fair deal of trouble.
Here are some of the most common errors that people make when they e-file their forms.
Bear in mind that there are other errors that people may make when they e-file their forms. One example would be failing to file by the end of the tax year. In these circumstances, you will not have to file any corrected 1099 forms, but you will be penalized for every day that passed.
There are two types of errors that you can make when filing these forms:
Type one errors appear when you file with the wrong amount, code or checkbox, name of the payee, address, or when you file in the wrong form. In this case, you will only need a single form 1099 to the IRS to state your correction.
These errors occur when the forms contain the wrong information of the payer, recipient (TIN included), or you filed the wrong forms (i.e., form 1099-INT instead of Form 1099-DIV). Two forms 1099 will be required to correct this mistake - one to the IRS, and one to the recipient.
Precaution is key, so whether you are filing a W-2 or 1099, these are a few points that you should remember:
If mistakes do happen and you are not sure how to correct them, the best thing to do is to contact the IRS. They will give you the advice you need.
You may void a 1099 Form with the IRS if the form was delivered, but the IRS did not get it yet. In that case, you can void it before it gets sent to the IRS. Here are the steps you'll want to follow:
When form 1099 is e-filed, your sheet is not detached from the page - and until it gets to the IRS, you will still have access to it. If you find a mistake on your form, rather than detaching the sheet, you need to hit "void" on it instead. The IRS does not accept detached sheets for processing.
Report the corrected information for the form 1099 that you marked "void." If there were other files attached to the sheet, report them there as well.
Download form 1096 from the IRS and prepare it to summarize the information. This form is a reconciliation sheet, and it contains the data for every form 1099 that you submit. Obviously, if you submit a corrected form 1099, you will have to submit a new form 1096 as well.
Together with form 1096, send both 1099 forms to the IRS: the original form and the correction form. The IRS will then update the information.
If the 1099-MISC is already sent, then you will want to correct rather than void it, using the "corrected" box. Here are the steps required for this process:
You also need to send the corrected form to the recipient that is also affected by this modification (i.e., the contractor). A new W-2 may also be required.
A 1099-DIV is voided pretty much in the same manner as a 1099-MISC. File the new form with the correct information (correct code or checkbox, amount, code, name, or address).
Check "Void," send it to the recipient, and then send another one to the IRS. If you are filing using paper, then you need to do so together with form 1096.
How to file form 1099-NEC corrections are simple. It's the same way for other 1099 forms. Regardless of the type of form that you filed (electronic or paper), the correction will be done by paper.
In that case, you will need a Red Copy A along with form 1096, filing it then to the IRS. The other parties involved (i.e., your contractor) will also need to receive an updated version of the form 1099-NEC.
In case you put the wrong name or TIN (taxpayer identification number) on the forms, there is no need for you to file a corrected version. This applies whether you file with electronic or paper forms.
If this happens, you need to write a letter to the IRS, where you include the following information:
You will need to send the letter with the correction to the Internal Revenue Service. From that point, they will make the correction to the forms that you filed.
Mistakes can happen but they can also be fixed. In most cases, it's as easy as checking off a box and adding the right information. That being said, if you are still not certain what to do, you may want to contact the IRS or your tax advisor.