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    Set up a vendor and print 1099/1096 forms

    Article ID: 1000197


    Follow the steps below to set up a vendor (independent contractor) and print 1099/1096 forms in QuickBooks Desktop Pro, Premier, and Enterprise Solutions.

    Don't forget - you have the option to e-file your 1099 forms to the IRS!

    If Form 1096 prints with 1099-PATR box checked instead of 1099-MISC:

    Description When printing form 1096, the checkbox in the bottom of the form for 1099-PATR is checked instead of the box for 1099-MISC.

    This issue has been resolved with a program update released around January 26th 2015. Please download and install the latest QuickBooks Desktop updates:
    1. Go to the Help menu and click Update QuickBooks.
    2. Click the Update Now tab.
    3. Make sure that Critical Fixes is selected at the bottom of the list of updates and click Get Updates.
    Once the updates have been downloaded, restart QuickBooks Desktop and try to print a 1096 form again.

    For more information see this QuickBooks Desktop support article.


    • To know if your vendor is an Independent Contractor, see the IRS guidelines
    • Assisted Payroll does not file 1099 or 1096 forms with the IRS. You have the option to sign up and use the 1099 E-File Service.

    To set up a 1099 independent contractor vendor in QuickBooks Desktop:

    Turn on the 1099-MISC feature in QuickBooks Desktop.

    Note: The Print 1099s/1096 option appears only when you activate the 1099 miscellaneous feature in QuickBooks Desktop.

    To turn on the 1099-MISC feature:

    1. Choose Edit > Preferences.
    2. Click Tax: 1099 on the left.
    3. Click the Company Preference tab.
    4. Next to Do you file 1099-MISC forms? select Yes.
    5. Click OK to save the preference.

    Add a vendor.

    To add a new vendor:
    1. Choose Vendors > Vendor Center.
    2. Click the New Vendor drop-down arrow and select New Vendor.
    3. In the Vendor Name field, enter the name of the vendor as you'd like it to appear on your Vendors list.  For example, if the vendor is an individual and you list individuals by last name first, that's how you should enter the name.
    4. On each tab, enter information as needed.
    5. You can edit the vendor to add more information later.
    6. Click OK.

    Set up vendors to receive Form 1099-MISC.

    To set up vendors to receive Form 1099-MISC in QuickBooks Desktop:

    1. Choose Vendors > Vendor Center.
    2. Right click on a vendor's name and then click Edit Vendor.
    3. Click the Address Info tab and validate the data.
      • Make sure the Address field contains the appropriate two-letter state abbreviation and the correct postal code.
      • If the vendor is a person, the vendor's legal name should appear in the First Name, M.I., and Last Name fields.
      • If you know the company name but not the person's name, leave the Company Name field blank to prevent double names from appearing on the 1099-MISC form.
    4. Click the Tax Settings tab.
    5. Checkmark the Vendor eligible for 1099.
    6. Enter the vendor's tax identification number in the Vendor Tax ID field. Click OK.
    7. Repeat steps 2 through 6 for each 1099-eligible vendor.

    Set up an expense account for vendor payments.

    To set up an expense account in QuickBooks Desktop:
    1. Choose Edit > Preferences.
    2. On the left, select Tax: 1099.
    3. Click on the Company Preferences tab.
    4. Next to Do you file 1099-MISC forms? click to select Yes at the top. 
    5. Next to If you want to map your account to boxes on Form 1099-MISC, click here, click the click here link.  The QuickBooks 1099 Wizard will open.
    6. The QuickBooks Desktop accounts to track payments to your 1099 vendors will be listed.  In the Apply payments to this 1099 box column, click the drop-down menu and choose the appropriate 1099-MISC box.  Most Vendors get paid through Box 7: Non-employment Compensation, although you will want to ask a tax professional first before selecting which box to use. Please note: the only supported boxes QuickBooks Desktop support are in this list.
    7. Choose an 1099-MISC box for each account listed or choose Omit these payments from 1099.
    8. Click Save & Close once the accounts have been mapped. 

    To print Form 1099 & 1096 in QuickBooks Desktop:

    You must be in single-user mode, and must have pre-printed 1099 and 1096 forms to do this.  You also have the option to e-file your 1099 forms to the IRS.

    Use the QuickBooks Desktop 1099 Wizard to verify all your 1099 information.

    In the QuickBooks Desktop 1099 Wizard, at Step 6: Choose a filing method, click Print 1099s.

    Select the date range from which the 1099s were paid and click OK.

    Select the 1099(s) you want to print and click the Print 1099(s) button.

    Click the Preview 1099 button before printing to review and check the alignment.

    To align the form:

    1. Click File on the top menu bar
    2. Click on Printer Setup.
    3. From Form Name, close 1099s/1096 from the list.
    4. Click the Align button and adjust alignment as needed.
    5. Click OK, and then OK again to save your changes.

    Select the 1099(s) to print and click Print 1099(s).
    Click the Print 1096 button to print the 1096.

    Printing tips:

    • If you have a page-oriented printer, it's simpler to print copies separately than all at once.
    • Do not collate your preprinted forms before putting them into the printer. Instead, start by loading all the Copy 1 forms. After you have printed all the Copy 1 forms for each vendor, load and print the Copy 2 forms.
    • Copy A (nonperforated) is for the IRS. Copy B (perforated) is for the vendors. Each page prints 2 vendors per page.
    • Alignment will ask you to select -1 to bring the print down or +1 to bring the print up. This will lower or raise the print 1/100th of an inch.

    Envelopes to use with Form 1099:

    Form 1099 is generally printed two or three to an 8x11 inch sheet. If at least one form on the page is correctly completed, you must submit the entire page. You must send the forms to IRS in a flat mailing (not folded). See also General Instructions for Certain Information Returns

    Intuit offers 1099 Forms (2 per sheet) with size 8 " x 11" inclusive of compatible double-window envelopes with size 5 5/8'' x 8 3/4" that are compatible with all versions except 2010 and earlier. If printing from QuickBooks Online, compatible with QuickBooks Online Plus only. You may order them here.
    Contractors or vendors must receive copy of their 1099-Misc form by February 1, 2016. The deadline date is postmarked date.

    The due date to file Copy A of Form 1099-MISC with IRS, if filing through paper form, is on February 29, 2016.  If filing electronically, the due date is March 31, 2016.

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