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Why is there an amount in Box 7 (Nonemployee Comp) on my 1099-MISC?

If your 1099-MISC has an amount in Box 7 (Nonemployee compensation), the payer did not consider you an employee. Instead, they're treating you as a self-employed worker, also called an independent contractor.

Common examples of nonemployee compensation

  • Payments to an independent contractor, consultant, freelancer, or other independent worker
  • Commissions paid to a nonemployee salesperson
  • Director fees
  • Exchanges of services between individuals in the course of their trade or business
  • Witness or expert witness fees

If you feel the payer incorrectly reported your income in Box 7, contact them directly. If an error was made, they'll issue you a corrected 1099-MISC and also refile the form with the IRS.

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