February 22, 2019

In the experience of U.S. colleagues who have not incorporated their

businesses, it is common to receive 1099-MISC copies bearing on

their work, and not that uncommon to see overstated amounts

recorded in those forms. (I know of a colleague for whom a certain

such form should never have been issued at all.) Here are some

thoughts on getting the problem resolve...

April 8, 2018

One of the odder freelancing-related myths that I have seen floated is

that 1099 forms, and even 1099-MISC forms in particular, are meant

to document payment for services only. (They are rumored to be meant

to document payment yet more narrowly: for services when it will make

the payee subject to self-employment taxes but not otherwise, this despite

the explic...

August 16, 2017

Colleagues of mine from all over the world regularly comment on

their tax-related interactions (particularly the early ones) with

U.S.-based clients. It seems that such interactions tend not to go

very smoothly. Here are some observations on what seems most

worth knowing in advance on the subject.

If tax form W-8BEN is not submitted by you to a U.S. client, th...

August 9, 2017

Suppose that the IRS receives a form stating that someone, a client of yours, paid some stated amount to you last year. Does the IRS learn from this that the payment was made to you for services in particular, and was demonstrably in the amount cited on the form? Probably and not necessarily, respectively.

It is true that the instructions for form 1099-MIS...

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