What's the difference between Form 1099-MISC and Form 1099-K?

This article covers US tax requirements and applies to Wave customers in the US.

Depending on your business, when tax time comes you may need to file both a 1099-K and 1099-MISC. This might feel confusing, but it doesn't have to be. Read on for an overview of each form, and when you need to file it.

At a glance:

File a 1099-K if your business has processed over a $20,000 in credit card payments and over 200 transactions over the calendar year.

File a 1099-MISC for every contractor your business has paid more than $600 in a calendar year.

What is Form 1099-K?

A 1099-K is an informational form that summarizes the online payment activity in your Payments by Wave account. If your business uses Payments by Wave and you’ve processed more than $20,000 AND also processed over 200 transactions in the calendar year, Wave will provide a copy of your 1099-K to you, and a copy to the IRS.

What is Form 1099-MISC?

Form 1099-MISC is an IRS form that summarizes all compensation your business has paid to a non-employee worker, or contractor. Independent contractors use these forms to file their taxes.

You must provide Form 1099-MISC to any contractor you paid more than $600 in the calendar year. If you use Payroll by Wave, Wave will generate a 1099-MISC form for every contractor who qualifies. Wave can also file these forms for you.

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