How to manually file Form 1099-MISC

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

The IRS requires you to file 1099-MISC forms for every contractor you paid more than $600 in a calendar year. If you use Payroll by Wave, Wave can file these forms on your behalf, but you can also file manually, if you prefer. Here’s how.

You can create and manage your 1099 contractors from the Vendors page, under Purchases in the left-hand navigation menu. From the Vendors page, click Generate next to the contractor you want to file for.

You can also generate 1099-MISC forms for contractors under Payroll > Tax forms.

There are three versions of 1099-MISC for each contractor:

  • Download Copy B to send to your contractor so that they can file their taxes.
  • Download Copy C for your records.
  • Download Copy A to file your taxes. This form is for informational purposes only. In order to manually file with the IRS, you’ll need to order official forms from the IRS. This includes Form 1096, which summarizes all of the informational returns you are filing, including Form 1099-MISC.

To file, copy the information from Copy A onto the official form and mail it to the IRS before the deadline. For more detailed information, check out the official instructions provided by the IRS.

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