Question: How do I know who should I issue 1099-misc to?
Answer: To sum up the rule: you must issue 1099-misc to over $600 in rents, services (including parts and materials), prizes and awards, other income payments, medical and health care payments, crop insurance proceeds, cash payments for fish purchased from anyone engaged in the trade or business and gross proceeds of $600 or more paid to an attorney.
You are not required to file a Form 1099-MISC to payments to a corporation, rent to the real estate agent. You are also not required to file 1099-misc if payment is made through credit card or paypal.
Attorney fee payments made to corporations generally must be reported on Form 1099-MISC.
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