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Understanding and distributing Form 1099-MISCs

Square’s online payroll service generates and files Form 1099-MISC for each of your contractors at year-end. We will mail Form 1099-MISC(s) to the mailing address provided for each of your contractors. In addition, these forms will be available in by going to Payroll > Tax Forms in Square Dashboard. Although we file Form 1099-MISC on your behalf, you and your contractors are responsible for confirming and ensuring the information in the Form 1099-MISC is accurate.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Ensure all contractor payments for 2019 are recorded in Square Payroll by January 8, 2020 8:00 p.m. PST. Note: Applicable only to employers who have submitted at least one payroll with a pay date in 2019.
  • Square Payroll automatically generates and electronically files Form 1099-MISC to the IRS.
  • Contractors with online accounts can also access a copy of their Form 1099-MISC under their Tax Forms tab or Square Team app. You can also download and distribute the forms yourself.
  • Square Payroll does not file Form 1099-MISC or equivalent forms at the state level. Contact your state agency to understand additional reporting requirements for contractors, if any.

1. Download Your Square Payroll Form 1099-MISCs

To access your Form 1099-MISCs:

  1. Visit Payroll > Tax Forms in Square Dashboard.
  2. Click the blue link ending in Square_2019_1099.zip to download a .zip file of your Form 1099-MISCs.
  3. Extract the Form 1099-MISCs from the downloaded .zip file (read below for instructions on doing so on a Mac or Windows computer).

Extract your Form 1099-MISCs from a .zip file on a Mac

On most Mac computers, you will find the .zip file containing your Form 1099-MISCs in your Downloads folder. To access the file, you can either open the Downloads folder directly or search in your finder for Square_2019_1099.zip. Once you locate the .zip file, double click on it. Your computer will automatically extract the data from the .zip file, creating a folder which contains PDF copies of your Form 1099-MISCs.

Extract your Form 1099-MISCs from a .zip file on Windows

The steps for extracting your .zip file depend on which version of Windows you are running. To locate the file, search for Square_2019_1099.zip or look for the file in the Downloads folder of My Computer. Follow the links for .zip extraction instructions on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows XP.

2. Verify your Square Payroll Form 1099-MISCs data

You and your contractors are responsible for ensuring the information on Form 1099-MISCs is correct. We’ll start generating draft Form 1099-MISCs on January 9, 2020 (01/09/2020). As soon as these forms are ready, you’ll be able to view them by going to Payroll > Tax Forms in Square Dashboard. Please review them for accuracy. You will have until January 17, 2020 8:00 p.m. PST (01/17/2020) to review and update your contractors’ full names, SSNs, and home addresses.

You can update your contractor’s information on the by going to Payroll > Payroll Team. You will then be able to download and view an updated Form 1099-MISC in Tax Forms the following day.

Avoid these common errors: Incorrect or misspelled names, incorrect SSN, using nicknames or shortened names, titles before or after the name, and name changes not reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Learn more about these critical fields on the SSA website.

3. Distribute Square Payroll Form 1099-MISCs

Square Payroll will mail Form 1099-MISCs to each of your contractors. Instructions are included with the form.

Note: We will not resend Form(s) 1099-MISC if a contractor does not receive it (due to invalid address or other reasons).

  • If your contractor has an invalid mailing address and your business has a valid mailing address, their Form 1099-MISC will be returned to your business. You are then responsible for providing them with their copy of their Form 1099-MISC. You can provide your contractor with a printed copy. This can be downloaded from the Payroll > Tax Forms in Square Dashboard.

  • If your contractor has an invalid mailing address and your business has an invalid mailing address, you are responsible for downloading your Square Payroll Form 1099-MISC and providing them to your contractors.

  • You can access a copy of your Form 1099-MISC under the Payroll > Tax Forms in Square Dashboard. Contractors with online accounts can also access a copy of their Form 1099-MISC under their Tax Forms tab or Square Team app.

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