Acquisition comes amid rapid regulatory and technology changes that increase complexity for businesses of all sizes
BOSTON – September 7, 2021 – Global tax software provider Sovos today announced it has acquired California-based 1099 Pro, a leading provider of software and services for tax information reporting, including solutions for 1099 forms, tax identification number (TIN) matching, electronic filing, Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting and more. The acquisition brings together two long-standing industry leaders and significantly broadens Sovos’ offerings for small and medium-sized businesses as the tax information reporting landscape undergoes rapid regulatory changes that affect every business operating in the United States.
One significant example of these shifts is the IRS decision to exclude the new 1099-NEC form for non-employee compensation from the Combined Federal/State Filing program. This change left businesses with a messy challenge in the 2020 tax season, as 35 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government all required businesses to report this data, many in different formats. Together, Sovos and 1099 Pro will offer options from self-service downloads to enterprise software-as-a-service, all fueled by subject matter expertise built on decades of experience in the tax information reporting market.
“Increasingly, the digitization of tax compliance and regulatory reporting affects businesses of every size. As we welcome 1099 Pro customers, Sovos can offer a single source for software and services for tax and regulatory reporting, including managed services, payroll and 1099/1042-S tax withholding solutions, unclaimed property reporting and more,” said Paul Banker, vice president and general manager of Tax and Regulatory Reporting at Sovos.
The complexity of tax information reporting has increased with the Form 1099 NEC change, as has the cost of printing and mailing forms to recipients. Meanwhile, the threshold for electronic filing will fall in 2021, requiring smaller filers to obtain approved transmitter codes for tax information reporting. This is a requirement many SMBs aren’t equipped to meet with homegrown solutions or manual efforts.
“With disparate reporting obligations at the federal and state levels, as well as lower thresholds for reporting requirements, companies of all sizes need expert-backed software and services to stay compliant,” said Andy Hovancik, CEO, Sovos. “The acquisition of 1099 Pro dramatically expands the Sovos customer base with tens of thousands of customers, as well as enterprise users in higher education; oil and gas; gaming; local, state and federal government agencies; and other industries.”
1099 Pro CEO Ray Stewart said, “After more than three decades in business, 1099 Pro will join Sovos’ qualified team of regulatory and technology experts, all for the benefit of our 30,000+ customers. This comes at a critical time for businesses, and Sovos’ broad suite of solutions will further equip 1099 Pro customers to meet the growing challenges of tax and regulatory reporting.”
John Gledhill, vice president of corporate development for Sovos, said, “With our third acquisition of the new fiscal year that began on July 1, Sovos reaffirms its commitment to meet the modern tax needs of every company, from SMBs to enterprises, so those businesses can prosper while their communities thrive by collecting the revenue they are owed.”
The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sovos is owned by Hg, the London-based specialist private equity investor focused on software and service businesses, and TA Associates. EY served as financial advisor to Sovos, and Morris, Manning & Martin provided legal counsel. Covington & Burling provided legal counsel to 1099 Pro.
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 www.sovos.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About 1099 Pro
Since 1989, 1099 Pro, Inc. has produced industry-leading tax reporting software for 1099 informational returns, W-2, 1042-S, ACA 1095 and FATCA 8966 forms. 1099 Pro software imports data from Excel or text files and provides customers with the option of in-house processing or professional outsourcing of their printing, federal and state electronic filing, and corrections reporting. Additionally, 1099 Pro provides similar SaaS-based reporting services through efilemyforms.com and a robust suite of payee verification services called TINCHECK. 1099 Pro’s hosting and data processing facilities are SOC I Type II certified.