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avidbyte
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I need to file a 1099-MISC for a subcontractor I paid last year. I have no way to contact them. I have first-last name & last known address. What do I do?

I have no viable means of contacting this subcontractor. I only have the first and last name as well as their last known address (no idea if it's current). I know I can still file without the SSN but.. is this enough?

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HelenaC
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I need to file a 1099-MISC for a subcontractor I paid last year. I have no way to contact them. I have first-last name & last known address. What do I do?

No, that's not enough. The IRS requires proof that you attempted to get the subcontractor's information.

If you don't have the EIN or SSN for the subcontractor you are issuing the 1099-MISC to, you will be fined by the IRS so attempt to get the W-9 form from the subcontractor by completing the W-9 form and sending it certified mail with return receipt, to the last known address.

  • If the requested information isn't provided in 10 days, you can issue the 1099-MISC without it, but you will not be able to e-file. 
  • You'll have to print and mail it in to the IRS along with your proof of attempt to obtain the EIN/SSN. 
  • Include a copy of the W-9 along with copies of the signed receipt confirming the recipient received or was delivered your W-9 request.

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HelenaC
New Member

I need to file a 1099-MISC for a subcontractor I paid last year. I have no way to contact them. I have first-last name & last known address. What do I do?

No, that's not enough. The IRS requires proof that you attempted to get the subcontractor's information.

If you don't have the EIN or SSN for the subcontractor you are issuing the 1099-MISC to, you will be fined by the IRS so attempt to get the W-9 form from the subcontractor by completing the W-9 form and sending it certified mail with return receipt, to the last known address.

  • If the requested information isn't provided in 10 days, you can issue the 1099-MISC without it, but you will not be able to e-file. 
  • You'll have to print and mail it in to the IRS along with your proof of attempt to obtain the EIN/SSN. 
  • Include a copy of the W-9 along with copies of the signed receipt confirming the recipient received or was delivered your W-9 request.
avidbyte
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I need to file a 1099-MISC for a subcontractor I paid last year. I have no way to contact them. I have first-last name & last known address. What do I do?

Thank you!
HelenaC
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I need to file a 1099-MISC for a subcontractor I paid last year. I have no way to contact them. I have first-last name & last known address. What do I do?

You're very welcome and thank you for using TurboTax. We really appreciate it!
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