What if I did not receive a 1099 form?
Many people wonder what to do and what
happens if they did not receive a 1099 form. Based on
information on the previous years, most of the taxpayers
who received 1099 forms the prior years know that they are
supposed to receive 1099 forms this year but
somehow payers or companies that sent them the
1099 forms last year refuse to send 1099 forms this year
for various reasons. Some may even claim that they are not
required to send 1099 forms to payees. Many payees have not
received 1099 MISC forms.
If you have not received a W-2 or a 1099-R
The IRS advises that if you know that you
are supposed to receive W-2 forms or 1099-R forms
(Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or
profit-sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, Etc.) and you
have not received it by January 31st, then you are supposed to
contact the payee.
You are supposed to call the payee, email,
and do whatever it takes including sending a self addressed
stamped envelope and requesting that they sent you the 1099
form by mail.
If you are unsuccessful at asking the payee
to send you the 1099 form by February 14th, then you are
supposed to file a complaint with the IRS by calling the IRS at
800–829–1040. You will have to go through a recorded menu which
will ask if you have the following information ready:
your name, address (including zip code), phone
your Social Security Number,
dates of employment,
your employer/payer's name, address (including zip
code), and phone number.
estimated amount of money on 1099 form or W-2 form
If you tell the IRS that you do not have
all of these information, then you will be kicked off of the
phone so tell them that you have the information if you want to
ask for further assistance.
The IRS will contact the employer/payer for
you and request the missing form. IRS will also send you
a Form 4852 (PDF), Substitute for Form W-2 or Form
If you have not received other 1099
First call the payee to request the 1099
form using the same process as above. If you are not
successful, then you can call the IRS and ask for
Filing taxes with information not received
on 1099 forms
Even if you have not received a 1099 form,
you still need to report whatever you think might be on the
1099 form on your tax return. 1099 forms are information return
forms and are really just for your records. If you know what
the information should be, then you can file your tax returns
without the forms. But, you should still get the forms for your
records in case there is a problem later on then you will have
proofs to give to the IRS.