Banks and other businesses that pay you certain kinds of income must file Form 1099, an
information return, with IRS. These payments generally are not subject to withholding, but
a backup withholding rule may apply. Payments that may be subject to backup withholding
include interest, dividends, rents, and payments for work you do as an independent
contractor. Under the backup withholding rules, the business or bank must withhold 31% of
the payments to you if:
- You have not given the payer your taxpayer identification number in the required manner,
- The IRS has notified the payer that you provided them with an incorrect identification
number, or that your identification number is missing,
- The IRS has notified the payer to start withholding because you had not reported all of
your interest or dividend income; or
- You had not certified, when required, that you were not subject to backup withholding
for interest and dividends.
Payers who withhold income tax under the backup withholding rules must show the tax
withheld on a Form 1099. You should receive this form from the payer by January 31st. If
you have not received it by then, contact the bank or business that made payments to you.
You should include the tax withheld on your Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. More detailed information
on the backup withholding rules and procedures for payers can be found in Publications
1679 and 1281.
For more information, order Publication 505, Tax Withholding
and Estimated Tax, by calling 1-800-829-3676.
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