Definition: When working as a freelancer or independent contractor, clients are required to provide you with a 1099 form at the end of the calendar year. The form is required when total compensation exceeds $600 during each tax year. A copy of the form is submitted to the IRS to help track miscellaneous income. Although there are variations of the 1099 to show interest and other types of payments, Form 1099-MISC is used to report payments to independent contractors.
Also Known As: IRS Form 1099-Misc