Final guidance from the states for the 2021 tax season is expected to bring several changes that will affect organizations of all sizes, particularly SMBs
BOSTON – DECEMBER 08, 2021 – Global tax software provider Sovos today announced that it will be monitoring changes and providing ongoing updates of evolving state reporting rules as they become available to help small and medium-sized businesses navigate the complexities of the second year of Form 1099-NEC tax reporting.
“We interact with hundreds of organizations every week, and there is a significant lack of awareness in the market of the 1099-NEC direct state reporting requirements,” said Paul Banker, general manager, tax and regulatory reporting, Sovos. “Just last month we hosted a webinar for more than 1,000 registrants, and 51% of poll respondents indicated they did not comply with their 2020 Form 1099-NEC state reporting obligations. We are providing advanced education to the market so organizations will have time to assess their obligations and prepare for these significant changes.”
Why 1099-NEC Direct State Reporting is So Complex
The second year of Form 1099-NEC reporting for non-employee compensation will once again be eventful with much uncertainty and late-breaking state guidance. For tax year 2020, the IRS did not include the new form in the Combined Federal State Filing (CF/SF) program. As a result, 36 states plus the District of Columbia issued late-breaking direct reporting requirements. This caused many organizations to scramble to report non-employee compensation tax information in multiple jurisdictions.
For this upcoming tax reporting season, the IRS Publication 1220 Specifications for Electronic Filings of Forms indicated the Form 1099-NEC data will be included in the CF/SF program for tax year 2021. However, in 2020 so many states invested in new processes and technology to receive the Form 1099-NEC data directly from businesses, it is unlikely that many of them will pivot to receive the information later in the year from the IRS. As of December 6th, twelve states (AR, CT, GA, KS, KY, MO, NE, NC, OH, VA, WI and WV) have released 2021 Form 1099-NEC reporting guidance. Ten of these states maintain the direct filing requirements rather than opting to receive it from the IRS, and so far only Arkansas and Virginia will accept 1099-NEC through the CF/SF program.
There are many states that will be releasing updates over the next few weeks. To stay up to date on late breaking state changes, visit and subscribe to Sovos’ 1099-NEC blog for live updates and emails as new guidance is released.
Sovos was built to solve the complexities of the digital transformation of tax, with complete, connected offerings for tax determination, continuous transaction controls, tax reporting and more. Sovos customers include half the Fortune 500, as well as businesses of every size operating in more than 70 countries. The company’s SaaS products and proprietary Sovos S1 Platform integrate with a wide variety of business applications and government compliance processes. Sovos has employees throughout the Americas and Europe, and is owned by Hg and TA Associates. For more information visit http://www.sovos.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.