Type                 Description                                                 Contact

1099INT

Interest payments, usually for interest paid by the Commonwealth on unclaimed property; if $10 or more.

Comptroller 1099 Solution Desk (617) 973-2629

1099MISC

Payments for rent, prizes, medical/ health care, non-employee compensation, legal services and payments to attorneys; if $600 or more.

Comptroller 1099 Solution Desk (617) 973-2629

1099S

Proceeds from real estate transactions if $600 or more.

Comptroller 1099 Solution Desk (617) 973-2629

1099G for Unemployment

Unemployment compensation.

1099G for Tax Refunds

State or local tax refunds if $10 or more.

1099G for Grants

Taxable grants if $600 or more.

Comptroller 1099 Solution  Desk (617) 973-2629

1099R

Distributions from Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts if $10 or more.

1099HC

Serves as proof of health insurance coverage for MA adult residents. Every MA resident who has insurance will receive an annual form from your insurance carrier.

1099 FAQs

Vendors - use the How to Access a 1099 file (linked below) for instructions on accessing and viewing your 1099.

How to Access a 1099

Q 1. I need a reprint of my 1099.

A. 1099s are available on VendorWeb. To access VendorWeb click here. To use VendorWeb enter your vendor code (starting with VC) and the last four digits of your tax ID number.

Q 2. What are the different types of 1099s?

A. The Commonwealth issues the following types of 1099s

  • 1099 -INT: Interest payments, usually for interest paid by the Commonwealth on unclaimed property

  • 1099-MISC: Payments for rent, prizes, medical/ health care, non-employee compensation, legal services and payments to attorneys

  • 1099-S: Proceeds from real estate transactions

  • 1099-G: Unemployment compensation, state or local tax refunds, taxable grants

Q 3. I received a Form 1099 but don’t remember receiving a check from the Commonwealth for this tax year. Why?
A. Please contact the 1099 Solution Desk at (617) 973-2629, the 1099 Solution Desk will look up the payment information and provide you with a list of payments made to you. You may need to contact the department that made the payments to work through the specific issue.

Q 4. Why does my 1099 only show the last 4 of my tax ID? Can I use this for filing?

A. To reduce the risk of identity theft the Commonwealth, following IRS guidance, has truncated tax identification numbers on 1099s.

Yes, you may use to file your taxes.

Q 5. I received a 1099MISC for non-employee compensation, but have no indication of having received this money. How do I know if I received it?
A. Please contact the1099 Solution Desk at (617) 973-2629, the Solution Desk will look up the payment information and provide you with department name that issued you the payment. You may need to contact the department that made the payments to work through the specific issue.

Q 6. What is the $ amount on my 1099 for?
A. Please contact the1099 Solution Desk at (617) 973-2629, the 1099 Solution Desk will look up the payment information and provide you with a list of payments made to you. You may need to contact the department that made the payments to work through the specific issue.

Q 7. I received a Form 1099INT. What is it for?
A. Most 1099INTs are issued due to payments made by the Department of Treasury TRE for the interest earned on abandoned property.

Q 8. I received a Form 1099MISC and I need a detailed listing of each payment made so that I may reconcile with my records. How can I get it? 

A. Please contact the 1099 Solution Desk at (617) 973-2629 , the 1099 Solution Desk will look up the payment information and provide you with a list of payments made to you.

Q 9. I received a Form 1099 and the amount in Box 7 does not agree with my amount. Why?
A. Please contact the 1099 Solution Desk at (617) 973-2629, the 1099 Solution Desk will look up the payment information and provide you with a list of payments made to you. You may need to contact the department that made the payments to work through the specific issue.

Q 10. I received a Form 1099MISC with Box 6 showing that I received medical and health care payments. Why?
A. Please contact the 1099 Solution Desk at (617) 973-2629. The 1099 Solution Desk will look up the payment information and provide you with a list of payments made to you. You may need to contact the department that made the payments to work through the specific issue.

Q 11. I have not received my Form 1099. Why?
A. If you have earned less than the specific threshold, ($600 for 1099G & 1099M, $10 for 1099INT) no 1099 is issued. If you have moved, there is a chance it was mailed to your old legal address. Please contact the 1099 Solution Desk at (617) 973-2629, the 1099 Solution Desk will verify if you should have received a 1099 and will verify your legal address. If you need the Solution Desk to provide you with a list of payments they will forward this information to you also.

Q 12. I moved and I want my Form 1099 forwarded to my new address. What do I need to do?
A. 1099s are available on VendorWeb. If you need it mailed to you please mail or fax the MMARS Solution Desk a copy of a W-9 with your new address, and the Solution Desk will then forward the 1099 to you. You will also need to mail the original W-9 with your new address to the department you are doing business with. The department will correct the address in the accounting system so that future 1099s are delivered to the correct address. 

Q 13. Why did I receive a Form 1099 with my SSN instead of my EIN (Employee Identification Number ?
A. The Commonwealth follows the IRS rules and issues the 1099 to the Tax ID that was given when the vendor code was established. If the SSN should be changed to an EIN, you will need to mail an original W-9 with the change to the department you are doing business with for correction.

 Q 14. Do I need a new 1099 under my Company number rather than my SSN?
A. The Commonwealth follows the IRS rules and issues the 1099 to the Tax ID that was given when the vendor code was set up. If this information has been updated, you will need to mail an original W-9 with the change to the department you are doing business with for correction.

Q 15. I received a Form 1099 and the tax ID is wrong. What should I do?
A. The Commonwealth follows the IRS rules and issues the 1099 to the tax ID that was given when the vendor code was set up. If this information has been updated, you will need to mail an original W-9 with the change to the department you are doing business with for correction. Once corrected in the accounting system, the Comptroller’s office will issue a corrected Form 1099 under the correct tax ID. 

Q 16. I need a Form 1099 for each of the last four years. How do I get them?
A. VendorWeb contains the 1099 for the current tax year and two previous tax years (3 year look back).  If you need 1099 forms going back further, please contact the  1099 Solution Desk. The Solution Desk will reprint the 1099s and forward them to you.

Q 17. I don't file any taxes. Why am I getting this 1099?
A. The Commonwealth follows IRS rules. These are forms that we must send you for tax reportable payments the Commonwealth has made to you. The Commonwealth cannot advise you on your IRS filing status; so please get advice from your adviser or IRS contact. The Solution Desk will look up your payment information and provide you with a list of payments made to you. You may need to contact the department that made the payments to work through specific issues.

Q 18. How do I contact Commonwealth departments?

A. Please refer to the MMARS Liaison contact list.

COMPTROLLER OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

Andrew W. Maylor

1 Ashburton Place, 9th Floor, Boston MA 02108

comptroller.info@mass.gov

For your protection, please do not email personal information (e.g. Social Security Number, Bank Account Number, Passwords).

For assistance, please call us at

617-727-5000

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