What is a 1099-MISC?
A 1099-MISC is the form you get if you do contract or freelance work for a company. It has details about the money the company paid you for your work.
1099-MISCs are sent to people who are not considered employees of a company. People who are employees recieve a W-2 instead.
You can also get a 1099-MISC for other kinds of income, like prizes, awards, royalties, rent payments, to name a few.