Thursday, February 17, 2011

1099 As Last Resort

June, I was trying to figure out how to ask you a question on your page-but couldn't find the tab for that.

I appreciate this resource so much. I was self employed massage therapist for 11 years and now am a student RN.

My husband is a subcontractor in the construction (specifically replacing floors) field and he has a helper. His helper is not licensed like my husband is- we paid him quite a bit of money this year- he makes 25%. We never had him fill out a w-9. He is still working helping my husband. Can we still send him a 1099 and will that help protect us? He made $25,000 by helping my husband this last year.

We are going to start paying him by business check starting next week so that we have absolute accurate records of how much we pay him.

I appreciate any feedback you have.

Thank you sooooo much.

Hi Cheniah,

Sorry my site is confusing. A new one is in the works. Was supposed to be up by Thanksgiving. Then Christmas. Switched to a different web-dev company and we are now looking at April. So please hang in there with me.

Ahem! Based on your description your husband has an employee. Doesn't matter whether he's paid by check, cash, or steak dinners. If he works for your husband using your husband's tools, on your husband's schedule, and your husband could fire him if he did a lousy job or if there were no work, and the guy doesn't work for any one else then by all appearances you do not have a sub-contractor working for you.

What to do about 2010? Well, you should set up payroll and file all the back forms and pay penalties. But, my guess it that's not on your agenda. So next best is to file a 1099 and 1096.
My next eLetter, Ways Through The Maze, due out in a few days will give you info on filing a 1099 by the 2/28 deadline.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What's a 1096?