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Form 1099-NEC: Replacing 1099-MISC Box 7


Fully understand the new Form 1099-NEC and the new requirements and inputs that go along with it.

In July 2019, the IRS issued a release draft of a new Form 1099 for use commencing in the 2020 tax year (i.e., in 2021), a Form 1099-NEC to replace the Form 1099-MISC, Box 7 and Box 9 for reporting direct sales of $5,000 or more. This new Form 1099-NEC is being implemented in response to problems created by the PATH Act of 2015, when the due date for Form 1099-MISC, Box 7 items were moved to January 31, as compared to other 1099 items, which remained due March 31. In this topic, we will focus on the new Form 1099-NEC and how to fill it out properly, as well as focus on issues specific to nonemployee compensation that were previously the focus of Box 7 of the Form 1099-MISC. Learn what reconfiguration may be needed of your accounting systems, and ensure that you identify vendors that will now require the two different forms (e.g., for rents and lawn maintenance) and what training and communication will be needed to prevent confusion once the new forms are due to be issued by January 31, 2021. By this date, issuers of Form 1099-MISC will need to issue a new Form 1099-NEC that will replace IRS Form 1099-MISC (Box 7) specific to the reporting of nonemployee compensation. The IRS has issued two separate forms, a Form 1099-MISC and a Form 1099-NEC, to allow for the due date of the Form 1099-NEC (January 31) to stand separate from the due date for the Form 1099-MISC (March 31). Issuers need to plan now on how to reconfigure their accounting systems, train and communicate with vendors using best practices. Those best practices need to include Form W-9 preparation, and addressing backup withholding, and how to avoid penalties. There are hot spots that also need to be addressed, such as how to distinguish employee compensation from nonemployee compensation, addressing Section 530 issues, and spotting when fraudulent forms 1099 are issued implicating Section 7434 claims.



T. Scott Tufts, Esq.

T. Scott Tufts, Esq.


  • Senior tax counsel, CPLS, P.A.
  • Practice emphasizes helping clients who are faced with the filing of certain IRS forms that lead to disputes, as well as tax disputes with the IRS, probate, and Federal and state court disputes involving partners and members and estates
  • Practice areas include the handling of IRS tax disputes, expert witnessing, and consultation with partners, members, and their practitioners that pertain to IRS Forms 8082 (notice of inconsistent treatment and erroneous K-1s), as well as IRS Forms 8886 (Reporting of Abusive Tax Shelters), SS-8 (worker classification), 1099-MISC (independent contractors), W-2c/ Form 4852 (Substitute Form W-2 or Form 1099-R); Form 211 (whistle-blowers), Form 3949-A (referral of alleged violations of the tax laws), Form 14242 (suspected abusive tax promotions or promoters), Form 14039 (stolen identity and use of your SSN), Form 14157 (reporting of fraud or abusive tax scheme by preparer), and Form 13909 (reporting of suspect misconduct or wrongdoing of tax-exempt or employee plan)
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on areas focused on whistle-blowers and the handling of IRS disputes, as well as in the areas of probate and tax, and partnership and LLC matters
  • Wrote several publications: “Evaluating LLC Operating Agreements Containing ‘Carte Blanche’ Authority and Right to Rely Provisions Purporting to Release Third Parties from Any Duty to Inquire,” Tax Section Bulletin, Florida Bar, Tax Section, Vol. XXIX, No. 2, p. 7, 10-26 (Fall 2013); “AD Global and the Statute of Limitations for TEFRA Partnerships: Will the TMP Ever Have to Stop Looking in the Rear View Mirror for the IRS,” Tax Section Bulletin, Florida Bar, Tax Section, Vol. XXIV, No.2, p.14, pp.25-29 (February 2006); “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: When Partnership Tax Vessels Make Ill-Advised Journeys and Wind-Up at Harbor Cove Marina.” Journal of Business Entities (September/October 2004); “What IRS Form 8082 Can Do For You (and to you!) and Your Closely-Held Partnership Now that the IRS’ K-1 Matching Program is Underway,” BNA Tax Management Real Estate, Vol. 19, No. 12 (December 3, 2003); and “Are Single-Member LLCs a Ticking Time-Bomb for Asset Protection?” (Are Single-Member LLCs of Any Utility for Asset Protection after the Florida Supreme Court’s Decision in Olmstead?), ABA Teleconference (August 24, 2010)
  • LL.M. degree in taxation, University of Miami School of Law; J.D. degree, Wake Forest University School of Law; B.S. degree in accounting, Florida State University

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