I received a 1099 from my employer when it should have been a W2 instead. (Went through the determination list and will be filing form SS-8 before filing my return this year.) I read that if I truly believe the determination will be in my favor, I can file that income as a W2 (instead of waiting for the determination and amending my return next year) and fill out Form 8919.
My question is: Do I enter the income from the 1099 as a W2 OR do I enter it as "Misc Income/Other Income Not Already Reported on A Form W2 or Form 1099"?
When I enter the income as a W2 (and obviously have "$0" under any FICA) the total tax that I owe is substantially less than if I were to enter it as "Misc Income/Other Income Not Already Reported on a Form W2". Does anyone know why the tax owed would be different depending on how I enter this income?
Thanks in advance for any help.
The tax owed is different because you aren't paying your share of the FICA taxes when you just enter the income as only W2 with 0 as . You are still responsible for your share of the FICA taxes just like any other W2 employee would be and that is the purpose of Form 8919.
Thanks for your reply, it's very information.
If I enter the income as Misc Income as you suggested, am I paying the full 15% (the 7.65% employee and the 7.65% employer portion of the tax) and then I will receive a refund for the 7.65% of the employer portion later?
Turbo Tax seems to be the only software with a Misc Income section like this, so just want to understand before proceeding.
No, with this method - you would only pay your share of the FICA taxes - not the employer portion.
Now, later on, if you were found to NOT be an employee, the IRS would bill you for the remainder portion.