If you’re filing a 1099-MISC form for an
independent contractor, you might be wondering what to include as the account
number. The account number is a code that’s unique to the recipient and the form.
It can be up to 20 characters long and any combination of
alpha (a, b, c, etc.), numeric (1, 2, 3, etc.), and special (!, @, &, etc.)
It cannot be
listed anywhere else on the form, so it cannot be a taxpayer identification
number (TIN), a social security number (SSN) or an employer identification number
(EIN). It can, however, be a bank account number, savings account number,
serial number, loan number, policy number, employee ID number, or a unique
number that you make up.
Do I have to include an account number?
If you’re filing multiple forms for a single person, then
you are required by the IRS to include a unique account number on each form.
This helps the IRS match the forms if you file a correction.
For example, if you file two 1099-MISC forms for John Doe, make
sure each form has a different account number. That way, if you file a correction
for one of those forms, the IRS will be able to match the account number on the
corrected form to the number on the original form.
The IRS encourages you to include an account number on any
1099 form you file. They’ll include this number on any future notices they send
to you, so you’ll be able to verify which recipient the notification is
associated with. This is particularly important if the IRS ever sends you a
notification to begin backup
withholding because you’ll be able to ensure you’re withholding taxes from
the right person.