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Google sent me duplicate forms 1099

Are they aware and will they correct it, or will we have to contact them?

     
6:57 pm on Feb 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I figure that this topic is so important, it deserves it's own thread.

Google sent me and several other AdSense publishers duplicate 1099 forms. They are identical in every aspect, and came in two separate envelopes.

I called the phone number on the 1099 form, and it is a non-working number at Google!

Is Google aware of this yet, or do we each have to contact them about our situation?

Will Google issue a corrected 1099 so that the IRS is aware there is an issue, or will they leave it up to us to deal with this issue 12 months from filing when the IRS sends the letter audit to each of us?

It would be nice if ASA would weigh in on this for us before we all swamp the Google switchboard without problem.

11:45 pm on Feb 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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>>I wonder if there is an alphabetical component to this.

S here too.

How about this... I use my SS number but have also registered as an LLC.

Also in the Northeast - New Jersey

5:23 am on Feb 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Also Northeast here... Connecticut

Last name starts with a K

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Any chance they are required to file one with your state also? Perhaps a filing with the state caused a dupe due to an improper setup.

Did anyone receive a dupe in a state where there are no state income taxes.

roblaw

PS: Ahhhh. The though of no state income taxes. I really need to move.

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Yes, I'm in Texas (no state income tax) and received a duplicate 1099.

And my last name does not start with 'S'. My name falls conveniently in the middle of the alphabet.

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>Did anyone receive a dupe in a state where there are no state income taxes.

I live in Florida (no State income tax here). No Dupe, No 1099 at all yet!

This isn't the first time no 1099 has shown up, so I don't much care! I file to the IRS the income correctly. The IRS do seem to know which way is up in this regard.

I'm not worried about an audit because of others incompetance! The IRS seem to do a good job on resolving these things IMHO :)

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percentages, I'm in Florida too so will pass my extra 1099 along to you. ;-)

Personally, I am going to ignore the dupe. The last time the IRS audited me they ended up owing me several thousand dollars, bring it on... Well, it wasn't really an audit, I had just gone down to the IRS office because I hadn't filed in several years and received a letter, I just explained that I didn't know how to file so they did it for me. This was about 13 or 14 years ago. The woman at the IRS office who handled everything for me said "Merry Christmas", this was around June 1993. Times have changed perhaps.

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>> Times have changed perhaps.

No, but your income has! :)

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I also received 2 1099's and have been watching this thread.

This appears to be a widespread issue, but I'm not at all surprised that Google doesn't have a quick answer - they never do...

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Google simply goofed and sent a duplicate... assuming you keep good records there's no reason to worry... you do know what you where paid don't you?

The IRS & State aren't coming after you.

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Send your extra ones to me ;-) because I didn't get one. Funny thing is, I got one last year and lost it.

The IRS doesn't have enough people to worry about us anyhow.

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2 1099's here as well.

about one week apart in the mail.

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Did anyone receive a dupe in a state where there are no state income taxes.

Yes, I live in Florida-land, no state income tax (last name starts with M) and I got "duplicated."


PS: Ahhhh. The though of no state income taxes. I really need to move.

Yes, you need to move. I escaped from the "Peoples Republic" of New Jersey ten years ago!

Last person to leave needs to turn out the lights...

6:36 pm on Feb 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi everyone,

I've consulted to our payments specialists and they're aware that some publishers received duplicate 1099 forms. The banking team is investigating the situation, and wanted to assure you that your earnings won't be reported to the IRS twice.

If you find an error in your tax form (wrong name, wrong tax ID, etc.), please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to correct it. The duplicate form issue, however, is being resolved, so there's no need for you to write in. If there are any further issues, the team will be sure to contact you.

Sorry for the stress,
-ASA

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Thanks ASA.

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What if you still haven't received a form yet?

Just keep waiting, or contact Google?

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Still waiting here also.
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Got duplicate too in NY. Glad to hear this wasnt reported twice.
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I have a solution for the duplicate 1099s:

Add the figures together to get a total amount earned.

Then divide that number by 2. Place the result in the proper line on your tax return and all should be fine.

Make a note of the calculations on the IRS form so the IRS understands the calculation.

ps. This is a summary of the two-page instructions on the IRS 'filing your tax form guide' section: Duplicate 1099s

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I am in Florida, have not received any 1099 form yet, let alone a duplicate.

ASA, should we be reporting this to Google now?

If it matters, my last name begins with an N.

No state tax here either.

[edited by: WolfLover at 4:07 pm (utc) on Feb. 13, 2007]

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I received a reply to my inquiry with Google. The gist of the message was.

Please rest assured that your earnings will not be reported to the IRS twice.

For those of you making light of receiving the dupe, please consider the cost of paying your CPA to handle the audit. Probably at least $1,000. If this dupe was reported and flagged my file, I wouldn't want to go through the time and expense of an audit. In the last year, I sold an investment property, purchased a commercial building, and sold a business. If an error on Google's part caused my return to go to audit, I would be a little upset.

Might as well take a little time making sure it wasn't double reported.

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absolutely, glad to here it wasn't double reported
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It's very unlikely that you would be flagged for an audit because of this. More likely, if Google had double reported your 1099 to the IRS, you would get a letter ("CP 2000 Notice") from the IRS about the revenue discrepancy. Then you would respond to the letter.

The whole process takes several months, by which time Google would have heard from thousands of other irate people and/or the IRS and would have corrected the situation, and Google probably would have provided you with a letter to send to the IRS to clear things up.

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Gee, last time I had a situation like this it was about a 1099 for only $6,000 sent to the IRS in error by a company with whom my wife was doing business.

I got a letter alright, the gist of it was:
You underreported your income. You owe us $3,800 in taxes, interest and penalties. Either pay this amount in 30 days or contact us within 10 if you disagree.

Of course after I spent a chunk of money with the CPA, the IRS wrote back saying essentially: OK, we accept your return as originally filed, and you own no further taxes after about 90 days.

You wanna go through something as "simple" as that?

3:11 am on Feb 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I got my second 1099 today, no it wasn't from Google! I was expecting 22 1099's by Jan 31st....it is now Feb 14th and 20 are still MIA!

Even the banks are slow at sending out tax statements this year.....IGN's arrived today, several others are MIA!

What the heck are the IRS going to do with people who know the numbers and file early? Do their job again later?

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What the heck are the IRS going to do with people who know the numbers and file early? Do their job again later?

They won't do anything, they will process the tax return as they normally do. I'd say you would already be in trouble if you didn't already know what you had earned.

I know what I made and nearly always file around the 10th of January to get it out of the way. I keep pretty tight books just so I can file fairly early. It just seems like a silly waste of time and extra stress to drag out the process.

Corporate entities don't receive 1099's. Google still sends them but they are not required. That's something for you to think about when you evaluate how you are managing your business this year. Spend the money to get a CPA and lawyer to restructure your business. It is well worth the expense and has some great benefits.

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