Reporting income from clients on a U.S. tax form without a 1099
Thread poster: Mountc

Mountc
United States
Apr 9

Perhaps a novice question here, but: I'm a translator living in the U.S., and last year, for the first time, I received work from agencies with no U.S. branch. (Yes, I know this is unusual; I previously had a very good relationship with a U.S.-based agency that soured last year, upon which I branched out.) While in previous years, I always received 1099 forms from my client companies (who were U.S. based), a couple of my new clients, when I contacted them to ask if they'd issued any tax forms regarding the funds paid me, stated that they flat-out did not provide tax statements or comply with requests for tax statements of any national origin for the translators they hired. (Which may well be their prerogative; I'm not an accountant.)

Am I likely to be all right if I report income received from these clients without any forms from the clients to back it up? I mean, I have my bank account statements in order, and I can prove that I received these amounts from these clients on these days, etc. (Yes, I know I'm pushing the U.S. tax deadline; personal issues have kept me away.)

Thanks for any help.


 

Jessica Noyes  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:59
Spanish to English
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US Tax Question Apr 9

U.S. companies have to send you a Form 1099 if they pay you more than a certain amount. I believe it is $600. Otherwise, just add up all your income from other companies and declare it as "additional income." Ideally, you keep your own personal accounts indicating how much you received, on what date you received it, and from whom. These would be clearer records should you ever get audited by the IRS.

 

finnword1
United States
Local time: 06:59
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Jessica is right Apr 9

Just keep track of all miscellaneous income, as you do with anything under $600 received from U.S. customers.

 

Jean Lachaud  Identity Verified
United States
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Form 1099 is only a summary Apr 9

Form 1099 is only for the IRS to make sure you report all your income. As long as you do report it, the IRS won't care whether you received a 1099.

What you don't say is if the "new clients" are USA-based. If they are, sending 1099 forms (for yearly amounts greater than $600, as pointed out) is mandatory. It hey are not, then it is not.


 

Mountc
United States
TOPIC STARTER
. Apr 9

Jessica Noyes wrote:

U.S. companies have to send you a Form 1099 if they pay you more than a certain amount. I believe it is $600. Otherwise, just add up all your income from other companies and declare it as "additional income."


Thank you very much; this answers my question. I appreciate both your help and finnword's.

[Edited at 2018-04-09 20:24 GMT]


 

Gan Gantumur
United States
Local time: 05:59
Member (2011)
English to Mongolian
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Non-US clients Apr 9

How do I report income received from non-US clients?

 

Jean Lachaud  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:59
English to French
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Just report all income received Apr 10

when you file your 2017 income, regardless of where it comes from.

If in doubt, ask an accountant.

Ganerdene wrote:

How do I report income received from non-US clients?


 

Rebecca Ballien
United States
Local time: 06:59
Member (2014)
Japanese to English
Reporting misc. income Apr 10

Gan Gantumur wrote:

How do I report income received from non-US clients?


Ignore JL01's trolling and go straight to the source:

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/reporting-miscellaneous-income

While labeled as "archival," this will tell where on your return you need to report this info. This page is also helpful:

https://budgeting.thenest.com/can-report-miscellaneous-income-1099-25317.html

Obviously, if any issues remain, consult a tax professional—but I don't think anyone here needs to be told that.


 

Jean Lachaud  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:59
English to French
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Please explain "trolling" in my answer Apr 10

Rebecca Ballien wrote:

Gan Gantumur wrote:

How do I report income received from non-US clients?


Ignore JL01's trolling and go straight to the source:

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/reporting-miscellaneous-income

While labeled as "archival," this will tell where on your return you need to report this info. This page is also helpful:

https://budgeting.thenest.com/can-report-miscellaneous-income-1099-25317.html

Obviously, if any issues remain, consult a tax professional—but I don't think anyone here needs to be told that.


 


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