Tax Form Deadlines | Form W-2 and Form 1099-MISC
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Employers: Important Tax Form Deadlines Ahead

Updated 9/19/2016.

Employers, procrastinate no more! January 31 is looming, and it’s time to get your act together for some important tax form deadlines.

Tax form deadlines

Below are the tax form deadlines for Form W-2 and Form 1099-MISC. You send give Form W-2 to employees. You send Form 1099-MISC to contractors.

Form W-2

The deadline to send Form W-2 is January 31. You must send copies of Form W-2 to employees and the Social Security Administration (SSA). You also need to send Form W-3, the summary form, to the SSA. You can get information about Form W-2 from the IRS, however, you send the form to the SSA.

If you don’t have blank copies for Form W-2, you’ll need to make a run to your office supply store. You can also order blank forms from an authorized distributor. The IRS doesn’t provide “official” copies of this form online, only a sample form.

Form 1099-MISC

The deadline for filing 1099-MISC with the IRS is January 31. You will send IRS Form 1099-MISC to independent contractors to whom you paid $600 or more for services rendered. Form 1099-MISC is also due to the IRS by January 31.

Form 1096, the transmittal form, is also due to the IRS by January 31.

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