The 1099 form is a report for income earned by individuals for their services. It includes income from self-employment, interest, dividends, government payments, etc. For any job performed by a self-employed contractor or business owner, a 1099 form is issued by the IRS. The 1099 form is a series of documents that have to be filled out for the person doing the work and it denotes how much money was paid for the person’s service. Moreover, not just the 1099 form, all tax forms are available for free on the official IRS website. With the Free File service made available by the IRS, it is not only easy to prepare and file your federal individual income tax return but it is also free using their tax-preparation-and-filing software.
There are plenty of places where you can find blank, red ink 1099 forms for free. You can use them to report the various types of income you may receive throughout the year apart from the salary your employer pays you. The person or organization that pays you for the service rendered by you are responsible for filling out the appropriate 1099 tax form and send it to you by January 31 every year. The local library and post office are also good places to find 1099 tax forms for free. Alternately, you could order the forms for free by calling the IRS or order it online from their website. It would take around 4–6 weeks to be delivered to you. While the 1099 form template is available online for free, these are for informational purposes only. You cannot use them to actually file your return. This is because the red-ink forms are scanned by the IRS and even if you could print the 1099 forms in red ink, the official forms use a special red ink for scanning the forms and the red ink your printer uses will not be the same.
For those who are paying for other people’s services, it is important to remember that you get a W-9 form filled out by the person you paid in order to have their Tax ID to enter into your own tax forms.
You can find out more about the free 1099 tax forms on the official website of the IRS.