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I have two questions about 1099's that I'm hoping someone can answer. If my business is non-U.S.-based, and I have worked with independent contractors that are in the U.S., do I have to fill out a 1099 for them? Likewise, if I'm U.S.-based, should I assume I do not have to send a 1099 for someone who is non-U.S.-based? Any comments and suggestions you can offer are very much appreciated. Thanks, Heidi

Answer from our Guest Expert Peter Soh of AdviseInc.com

Hi, Heidi:

Good questions! Here are short, but sweet answers for your tax-forms future!

To answer your first question, as a foreign company (a.k.a. a non-U.S. based company), you only issue 1099's for services performed in the U.S. by independent contractors in the U.S.

To answer your second question, U.S. businesses do not have to complete 1099's for non U.S. residents (independent contractors) unless they perform the work here in the United States.

Hope this Helps!

Peter Soh of AdviseInc.com

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Peter C. Soh
Owner of AdviseInc.com
Peter is a savvy certified public accountant dedicated to helping startups. He is a small business advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration and teaches "How to Start Your Business" seminars. more