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Google 1099 is very inaccurate

 2:13 am on Feb 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

I just received my 1099 from Google and it's WAY off. I've been with AdSense since the beginning, and previous 1099's didn't have a problem.

This one shows a total amount that is roughly 12% of what I earned. This corresponds closely with the amount I earned via referrals, but is a far cry from what it should be.

While I'd love to only pay taxes on these earnings, I need to get it fixed. :) I've e-mailed adsense-tax@google, so hopefully they can fix it. Anyone else have the same problem?



 2:58 pm on Feb 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

In my experience, the IRS won't mind if you declare more income than the amount on a 1099. They don't like it when you declare less, however (even if the 1099 is wrong).


 9:57 pm on Feb 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

Maybe you're going to get two 1099s--one for referrals and one for regular AdSense...


 4:36 pm on Feb 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

I see inaccurate 1099 here too. I just wrote back to Google asking about it.

I suggest you check your 1099s too.


 6:12 pm on Feb 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

Weird. My 1099 was spot on.

In my experience, the IRS won't mind if you declare more income than the amount on a 1099. They don't like it when you declare less, however (even if the 1099 is wrong).

That is correct. If you believe your 1099 is incorrect for some reason, you can put the difference on your schedule C to include as other income.

But I'd definitely want to know why Google is reporting the wrong amount and attempt to get that corrected first.


 9:34 pm on Feb 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

Mine looked right, but I haven't double checked it. Guess I better.

Sally Stitts

 12:54 am on Feb 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

Mine was off by $0.87 at the $xx,000 income level.
Given that I rounded to the nearest dollar for each month, I would have to say, "PERFECT"!

[edited by: Sally_Stitts at 12:56 am (utc) on Feb. 3, 2009]


 6:35 am on Feb 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Am I correct in assuming that Google will not send 1099's if you are using an EIN instead of an SSN? All adsense revenue gets listed in the P/L for the s-corp.

BTW - We met with our accountant today. I told him not to worry, we only had to get within 140k with what we owe. He reminded me that I'm not a former senator.


 12:56 pm on Feb 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

I use my EIN and I got a 1099. How would Google know the difference? EINs and SSNs have the same number of digits and would be entered in the same field in your adsense account.


 2:35 pm on Feb 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Supposedly the prefixes for EINs are different from the prefixes for a regular SSN.

As of today, we have not received any 1099 from Google, and I never got one from them in the past.

I'm not sure but I think I remember setting something in my adsense profile to indicate that the account was an account that was under a corp and not an individual.

My accountant goes ape when someone tries to 1099 the corporation. That's also why I make sure I don't use my ssn in relation to stuff for the corp.

DISCLAIMER - I am NOT an accountant. If any accountants see that I'm wrong, please let me know.


 2:40 pm on Feb 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

In adsense, take a look at My Account, Tax information and the form W-9. I checked the "Corporation" box on it.


 3:12 pm on Feb 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm a corporation, with an EIN. Got my 1099.


 3:30 pm on Feb 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Perhaps it's that I'm not making as much as you folks.. Perhaps 3 grand for the year.


 4:12 pm on Feb 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

I don't think that would have anything at all to do with the 1099. I would contact support.


 4:14 am on Feb 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'd think the adsense revenues would fall under the guidelines of needing a 1099 for $600 or more, so if you're making $3k, you'd get a 1099.

Upon reading that you've selected corporation on your w-9, I thought maybe they don't send them for corps (I have an llc that's disregarded for income tax purposes), but then netmeg posted she's a corp, too, so I have no idea why you wouldn't have gotten a 1099. I agree with her that I'd contact support at this point.

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