How exactly does the template work?

Using the template is easy! Once you've downloaded the template, unzip the file, open it in Microsoft Word, enter your information and print your the information into your paper forms! Here's a quick 3-minute video to walk you through the process:


What the heck? This just looks like a Word file with a bunch of blank fields! I thought this was going to be a fillable 1099 form? Is this some kind of scam?

Rest assured that we're not trying to swindle anyone—we're just a teeny company trying to save other small businesses some time. We've tried very hard to be clear across this site that our product is not a digital version of a 1099 form. This product is a template that provides carefully-aligned fields that enable you to enter your information and print it onto the paper forms you can order from the IRS or purchase at an office supply store. The IRS requires that 1099 forms are machine-readable by their equipment, which is why they do not currently offer a digital method of completing the forms and require paper forms instead. Without a template like ours, you would need to hand-write your 1099 forms (and run the risk that the data is read wrong) or use a typewriter to complete the form (and good luck tracking down a typewriter).

We've worked very hard to clearly show this difference across the site, but unfortunately it can be hard to clearly communicate such a slight difference in concept. If the template still does not work for you, simply reply to your original purchase email or send us a message and we can refund your purchase.


Will your product print the actual 1099-MISC form?

Nope. We've tried very hard to be clear across this site that our product is not a digital version of a 1099 form. This product is a template that provides carefully-aligned fields that enable you to enter your information and print it onto the paper forms you can order from the IRS or purchase at an office supply store. The IRS requires that 1099 forms are machine-readable by their equipment, which is why they do not currently offer a digital method of completing the forms and require paper forms instead. Without a template like ours, you would need to hand-write your 1099 forms (and run the risk that the data is read wrong) or use a typewriter to complete the form (and good luck tracking down a typewriter).


How do I open a .zip file on a PC?

To properly unzip the file on your PC just follow these instructions provided by Microsoft, or use a free program like Winzip. If this does not work, simply reply to your original purchase email or send us a message and we can send you the files in an unzipped format.


When I try to open the file, it says there is an error or that the file is corrupt. Help!

It has been our experience that this is an issue that occurs when the file unzips improperly on a PC machine. To remedy this error, re-download the file and properly unzip the file on your PC by following these instructions provided by Microsoft, or with a free program like Winzip. If this does not work, simply reply to your original purchase email or send us a message and we can send you the files in an unzipped format. In most cases, this solves the problem.


Where can I order the paper 1090-MISC forms from the IRS?

The IRS enables you to order the 1099-MISC forms right from their website—here's the link. You might want to order a couple extra forms in case you make a mistake or your printer jams. Make sure to order them ahead of time, as they typically take about 2 weeks to arrive. 


When I go to print the file, all of the information is printing about 1/2" off on the right edge. How do I fix this?

In most cases, this is due to having not removed the perforated strip from the right side of the forms. On the right side of the paper forms, there is a strip where all of the copies of the form are glued together. Remove this strip, reinsert the form into your printer, and reprint the form. Voila! Everything should be correctly aligned now.


I've removed the perforated edge, but the printed information is still off. Got any other ideas?

Make sure you're inserting the form flush to the edge the paper tray of your printer. It might seem tempting to center the page in the paper tray, since the pages are slightly narrower than a standard sheet of paper once the perforated edge is removed, but this will cause the printing to be off.


The printing in one or more fields is just a tiny big off, but I can't move the fields. Is there any way I can manually adjust just those fields? 

Starting in 2016 we began selling the template with the fields locked. This isn't because we're petty, we just didn't want any of the template fields to accidentally get moved around and cause alignment issues upon printing. However, if you're comfortable in Word, there is a way to unlock the fields and move them around manually. We've recorded a short video to walk you through the process. Watch it below or at this link.


 
 

If these solutions don't solve your problem, simply reply to your original purchase email or send us a message and we'll see if we can help. In most cases, you can expect a response from us the same day, unless it near a holiday. If we can't solve your issue, we will gladly refund your purchase.