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Writer Tax Questions

If you used to be a freelance writer on the Ultius platform, then you may have some tax form related questions. The following section includes common questions and answers. If you need additional help, get in touch with us so we can help get your question answered.

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Posted on 13 January, 2017

 
 

General information

Disclaimer: The purpose of this information is solely to provide you with a tax form that you will need to file your personal tax return. None of the information enclosed is intended to be considered legal or tax related advice, whether expressed or implied. Please consult a certified public accountant (CPA) or attorney for any tax or legal related questions.

Please note that if you are a current writer and have access to the login system, please see the writer help section page dedicated to important tax filing information for the current year. Otherwise, please use this page as a primary resource for getting answers to your tax questions.

The time has come for Ultius, Inc. (the "Company") to prepare and send your 1099-MISC tax form (the "Tax Form" or "1099") based on the compensation you earned through the year. The form you will be receiving is a 1099-MISC for income earned as a contracted freelance writer (non-employee). Please note that in addition to sending you a 1099-MISC tax form, we are also legally required to report your earnings to the Internal Revenue Service no later than Februrary. 

The information contained in this legal section will help get all of your questions answered. Please consult the provided FAQ before submitting a tax support inquiry. 

Tax forms

Every calendar year, you will receive a 1099-MISC form via mail. We will send you two copies of the form, one for your federal filing and another for your state filing (if any). We highly recommend making copies for your own records. You can expect to receive this form by mid February of the year.

If you have not received your 1099-MISC tax form from the company by that time, please read the FAQ below for information. 

Where will my tax form be sent to?

Your tax form will be sent to the address you provided to us when you first filled out your W-9 (when you were hired). Remember that if your address has changed or you think that it may be wrong then please fill out the address change form.

Address change

Because of federal regulations by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), we are legally required to send you a physical copy of your 1099-MISC to the address that you provided when you completed your W-9. However, we understand that as people move, they may forget to update their address.

For that reason, we have created an online form where you can update your address. It is very important that you update it as soon as possible. 

To access the form, click the link here or copy and paste the URL below into the address bar of your browser:

https://ults.co/2jODSea

Important deadline note: The deadline to update your address through the form is 23 January 2017. After that date, we won't be able to honor the form update request and the tax form will be sent to the address we have on file.

FAQ

You have questions, we have answers. These FAQs are the most commonly sent inquiries regarding tax forms and filings.

1. Am I eligible to receive a 1099-MISC from the company?

As an independent contractor, we are legally required to send you a 1099-MISC form if you earned more than $600.00 during the calendar year in question. If you earned less than $600.00 then we are not required to send one. For earnings less than the $600.00 limit, we will not be sending a 1099. 

2. How do I know that I earned more than $600.00 and will receive a 1099?

To find out how much you earned for the entire year, there are a few different methods you can use (as listed below):

(i) Since we use PayPal for sending writer payments, you can log into your PayPal account and use their various reporting features.

(ii) We will send you a 1099 to the address you provided us.

Note: On rare occasions, we have sent manual checks to writers. You would have to check your ledger or online banking system for the past year to see how much you earned.

3. Previous employers have given me a W-2, why am I not getting this document instead?

As a freelance writer for Ultius, Inc., you are an independent contractor as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, not an employee. That is why you filled out a W-9 when you were hired. Please note that you also signed the Writer Terms and Conditions upon being hired, clearly indicating that you understood the nature of contracted work and your relationship with the company. 

4. What address are you sending my 1099-MISC to?

We will send the 1099 form to the address you indicated on your W-9 when you were first hired. If you are unsure if we have the most up to date address, please submit the address change form and we will update it accordingly. 

5. How are you sending my 1099-MISC to me?

Your tax form will be sent via the United States Postal Service regular mail method. 

6. When can I expect to receive my 1099-MISC?

You can expect the form to be mailed out prior to 31 January. Depending on where you live in the country, it may take upwards of seven to ten (7-10) business days to arrive.

7. I urgently need a copy of my 1099-MISC and cannot wait for it to arrive in the mail, what do I do?

Please email 2016taxinfo@ultius.com and we will send you a digital PDF copy of it.

8. I lost my 1099-MISC form and need to file my taxes, how can I get another copy of it?

Please see the answer above. 

9. I received my 1099 form and the amount listed is incorrect, what do I do?

While the company works really hard to ensure that earnings reporting is accurate, we are human and therefore prone to making mistakes. In the case that you suspect this, we strongly recommend that you reconcile your earnings again. If the previous step does not remedy the situation, simply contact our tax support center explaining the details and we will remedy the situation accordingly. Don't forget to include your name, email address, physical address, last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN) and any aliases you may have used on the web site. 

10. Do you report my earnings to the IRS?

Yes, we are legally required to report your earnings to the IRS and will do so before the end of February.

11. What tax rate do I have to pay and where do I send it?

To find out your tax liability, you should consult a Certified Public Accountant and/or an attorney to find out your tax liability for the year. Ultius, Inc., a Delaware Corporation, cannot and does not offer tax and/or legal advice. For any other questions regarding tax payments, please contact the Internal Revenue Service. 

12. It's past the 31 January deadline and I still have not received my 1099.

If the due date has passed and you have not received your form, it's for one of the following reasons:

(i) You did not earn over $600.00 and are not eligible to receive one. See question #1 for more information.

(ii) The company is still processing your tax form and it's in the mail. Please wait 7-10 business days before contacting our tax support team.

(iii) The company made an accounting error or misplaced your information, in which case you should proceed to #13 to contact us.

(iv) The address we have on file is not accurate and you didn't update it with us through the Address Change Form we previously provided. Proceed to #13 and contact us. 

13. I need to speak with someone regarding a tax related issue that wasn't addressed here, who do I contact?

If your question or concern was not covered in this FAQ, then please contact the OFFICE OF ACCOUNTING AND ADMINISTRATION at 2016taxinfo@ultius.com and we will respond to you as quickly as possible to address your request. Please note that during the core tax filing period our office may be unable to respond for upwards of four (4) days. 

Tax related support

Ultius is deeply committed to complying with state and federal tax authorities regarding proper reporting of earnings. A part of that commitment is being prompt, available and accurate with any writer support questions regarding taxes. Before submitting a support inquiry, please make sure that you have carefully read through the FAQ.

To submit a tax related inquiry (for 2016), please email 2016taxinfo@ultius.com. We will do our best to reply to you as quickly as possible.

 
 
 

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