Are you Ready to meet the January Tax Filing Deadline? by Laurence Bernstein, CPA

Posted on November 26, 2018

With the tax year coming to an end, it is critical that business owners remember they have obligations to report by Jan. 31, 2019, the compensation they paid to employees and to all independent contractors and service providers during the prior tax year. This leaves businesses with limited time after an often hectic holiday season to review their records and issue Forms 1099-MISC to each non-employee to whom they paid more than $600 during the year.

To help your business expedite this process and meet the filing deadline, consider working with Berkowitz Pollack Brant’s Accounting Intelligence team. Our advisors can help you identify and gather information about contactors and vendors to whom who have a reporting obligation. Subsequently, we will prepare the required IRS forms and submit them on your behalf to both the government and each vendor who receives compensation from you. If you are required to file more than 250 information returns, which include W-2s and 1099s, you must file electronically or you will be subject to significant IRS penalties.

In addition, with the prospect of the New Year, it is a good time to review your accounting records and ensure that you have on file Forms W-9 for each and every vendor you pay. This will help enable you to more easily determine which vendors should receive Form 1099-MISC from you next year.

To learn more about how we can help you to ease the administrative burden of your information reporting requirements, please contact one of our Accounting Intelligence team members at (954) 712-7066.

About the Author: Laurence Bernstein, CPA, is an associate director of Tax Services with Berkowitz Pollack Brant and the leader of the firm’s Accounting Intelligence group.

He can be reached at the CPA firm’s Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., office at (954) 712-7000 or via email at