Steps to Select The 1099 MISC Software Submitted by: halfpricesoft.com
(OPENPRESS) February 4, 2010 -- As a small business owners, each year you have to also file Form 1099's to report earnings paid to non-employees, like contractors and service providers. In year 2010 Tax season, you need to furnish Copy B of 1099 form to the recipient by February 1, 2010. The due date is extended to February 16, 2010, if you are reporting payments in boxes 8 or 14. And you need to file Copy A of this form by March 1, 2010. If you file electronically, the due date is March 31, 2010
One way to make the job of filing 1099's a lot easier and faster is to use specialized 1099 software. The software you purchase should decrease your burden, not cost you an arm and a leg or require you to spend unnecessary time learning how to use it. Let's look at a few quick tips:
1: Shortlist Your Requirements
You need to decide what kind of 1099 printing software would be suitable for you.
- Do you need this 1099 software that can support multiple companies?
- Do you have a lot of recipients that you need software that can print multiple forms by one click?
- Do you need to print two form on one red-ink pre-printed 1099 copy A sheet to cut cost?
- Do you need import features to save your valuable typing time if you are tracking records with spreadsheet or other software?
- Do you need to print w-2 form as well?
2. Decide Upon Your Budget
Your 1099 software should be easily affordable and geared for small businesses. Quality W2 & 1099 software such as ezW2 2009 can be acquired for as little as $39. Don't pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for software with features small businesses don't need.
3: Compare Different Options Available
Once you shortlist your favorite options that suit your requirement then it is a good idea to compare all the features offered by each software. This would help you to narrow down your list to two –three good software.
4. Test Drive
Make sure you can try your 1099 software without risk or obligation before buying it. Now matter how little you pay for your software, it's expensive if it doesn't meet your needs, is difficult to use or requires you to spend a lot of time learning it.
5. Your 1099 software should be updated with all current year forms required by the IRS, including 1099, and 1096
This is very important. You don't want to end up with software that can only print last year's forms. That does you no good at all.
"A lot of tax-related software available for businesses have too many features and therefore cost much more than small businesses need to pay or can afford to pay," said Dr. Ge, founder of business software manufacturer Halfpricesoft.com. "On the other hand, many inexpensive versions cut too many corners and don't do all that they claim, so you should make sure that you can try it without cost or obligation to make sure that it's right for you."
Dr. Ge says Halfpricesoft.com's ezW2 2009 software is one of the only inexpensively priced W2 software packages available that meets all five of the criteria listed above. The full-version software is available for free download here.
Hopefully these tips will save you money and eliminate frustration for you as your business gears up to file 1099's this tax season.