The IRS has released the 2020 version of Publication 1220. One of the most notable changes is that Form 1099-NEC (Nonemployee Compensation)—which was previously reported on Form 1099-MISC utilizing Box 7—will not be a Combined Federal/State Filing (CFS) form. This means that Form 1099-NEC cannot be filed with the states through the CFS Program. The IRS originally created the CFS Program to simplify filing for payers by allowing the IRS to automatically forward information filed in their federal information returns to participating states. This eliminated the need to file information returns directly with states in most cases. Not only did the CFS program make it easier for organizations to comply with state requirements, but states also took advantage of this program as they have historically relied on receiving nonemployee compensation payment information through the CFS program.
Not including the 1099-NEC in the CFS program was a surprising development and further complicates the implementation of the new form. Given it’s the first year for filing, payers are already dealing with making changes to core operating systems and preparing for duplicate reporting to some recipients who will now need to receive both a Form 1099-NEC and 1099-MISC for the 2020 year. Now, they also face the possibility that they will need to create and file Form 1099-NEC information directly with the states. With less than five months till this form is due to the IRS, it opens the door for states to implement different filing methods, thresholds, deadlines and form types to receive nonemployee compensation payment information. All of this will make the implementation of Form 1099-NEC and it’s evolving direct state reporting requirements exponentially more complicated for organizations still trying to manage the process manually or with antiquated technology.
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