Can I file taxes without 1099?

Asked over 3 years ago - Orlando, FL

In 2010, I did some work helping someone starting a new business. I did receive more than 600.00 for it. I am trying to file my taxes and was told I needed a 1099 and/or that the other person has to have a W-9 for me and should also send me a 1099. Will there be a penalty to either of us if I file without it? At the time, it wasn't something we thought about, but I don't want to have undeclared income. However, I don't want to pose them a problem wither since they did not have the paperwork on me. I know they don't plan to use any of it as a deduction on their own taxes, since the business did not really profit in 2010.

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  1. Robert Jan Suhajda

    Contributor Level 17


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    Answered . The coast is clear. Full speed ahead. The only time you have to attach a 1099 to your tax return is if there is tax withholding.

    Disclaimer of California Attorney. Laws differ from state to state. Although the above response is believed to be... more
  2. Henry Daniel Lively

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . A 1099 is just an information return. You need to include the income you received regardless of whether you received a 1099 or not. There is no penalty to you for including the income, but there could be penalties and interest if you do not include it.

    Any individual seeking legal advice for their own situation should retain their own legal counsel as this response... more

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