Digital Business Payment and Seller FAQs
I’ve never heard of a 1099-K. What is that form?
Form 1099-K is an IRS form that shows money received from certain third-party sites, such as payment apps, digital marketplaces, or other credit or debit card processing sites. If your business earnings meet the threshold, the apps or sites you use will issue the 1099-K by January 31.
If you are an individual and not a business, check out H&R Block’s related article on receiving money via apps or selling items online!
The platform I used asked me to fill out a W-9. Why is that?
The W-9 form is used to get an official record of your tax ID number or Employer Identification Number (EIN). If the app or online site you use is required to send you a 1099-K, they need to have documentation of your tax ID/EIN on Form W-9.
Do I have to pay tax on the amount that will be reported on the 1099-K? What if I’m already expecting a 1099-NEC for the same business income – do I need to report both?
If you accept payment for your business’s goods and services through third-party apps and online services, you may receive a 1099-K as well as a 1099-NEC. However, you don’t have to report the same business income twice.
You should report all business income on your tax return. Regardless of whether it is listed on a 1099-K, a 1099-NEC, both, or not reported on any information document. The IRS requires you to file a tax return if you have $400 or more in net self-employment earnings.
NOTE: You won’t owe taxes for money transferred for personal use and reported on a 1099-K, but you may have to file some paperwork.
How can I get ready for my business tax filing next year? What do I need to do now?
When preparing for tax season, you will want to keep thorough records of the sales transactions you’ve made during the year. Consider working with a bookkeeper to put you on the path to success. Also, it will make your life much easier if you keep your personal and business payments on separate accounts!
Should I start a Sole Proprietorship or LLC? Will that impact my taxes?
If you are operating as a business on your own and haven’t formed a business entity such as an LLC or corporation, the IRS considers you a sole proprietorship by default. If you are working with one or more other individuals, you may be considered a partnership.
You can make the decision about whether this is the best classification for your situation or whether you should consider forming another type of entity, such as an LLC. Make sure you understand the tax impacts of forming a business entity. Consider consulting an attorney for any legal business entity questions.
Learn more about LLC vs. Sole Proprietorship.
Does the gross amount shown on a 1099-K need to match the total amount in Schedule C when filing my taxes?
For business sales on eBay, Etsy, Venmo, and any other similar third-party settlement organization, you report the amount on Form 1099-K as revenue on your business return.
For example, if you are a sole proprietor, you will:
- Report the total amount from boxes 1a and 1b of every 1099-K you receive on line 1 of Schedule C.
- Deduct any expenses you had from selling on the appropriate line of Schedule C.
If your business expenses are more than your business income you may be able to deduct the operating loss.
Should I get a separate bank account or credit card for my business?
Yes, you should consider getting a separate bank account and/or credit card to help keep business/sales transactions separate from your personal ones. This will make things easier come tax time since the business/sales transactions and related expenses will need to be tracked and reported separately.
I’m a new business owner – how will these changes impact my taxes?
When you start a business, you’ll have a few new considerations for your taxes. This includes paying estimated taxes and filing Schedule C.
Sound daunting? Don’t fret! Block Advisors, a part of H&R Block, has the expertise to cover all your small business tax needs.
Learn more about Block Advisors’ small business tax services.