During the course of 2013, a church made rental payments in excess of $600 to its landlord. Is the church required to report these payments to the IRS? If so, what form should be used?
Form 1099-MISC is used for reporting rental payments to the IRS. According to the instructions, you must "File Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, for each person to whom you have paid during the year...at least $600 in rents." Other criteria also apply; for example, "Report on Form 1099-MISC only when payments are made in the course of your trade or business. Personal payments are not reportable...However, nonprofit organizations are considered to be engaged in a trade or business and are subject to these reporting requirements."
There are exceptions to this requirement, including payments made to a corporation. A full list is available on the IRS website within the 1099-MISC instructions. To assist in the compliance with these requirements, Form W-9 should be requested from payees. For more posts on this topic, please type "1099-MISC" in the blog's search window.