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Since you were not an employee of the company or person who paid you, your payment (compensation) is reported on the 1099-NEC instead of Form W-2.

Per IRS Instructions for Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC Miscellaneous Information and Nonemployee Compensation, on page 10:

Self-employment tax. Generally, amounts paid to individuals that are reportable in box 1 are subject to self-employment tax. If payments to individuals are not subject to this tax, report the payments in box 3 of Form 1099-MISC. However, report section 530 (of the Revenue Act of 1978) worker payments in box 1 of Form 1099-NEC.

To enter the applicable Schedule C information:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Income, then click Business income or loss.
  3. Click +Add Schedule C.
  4. Continue with the interview process to enter all of the appropriate information.
  5. On the screen titled We need to know if [Taxpayer/Spouse] received any of these for their work in 2020, click the 1099-NEC box, then click Continue.
  6. Click + Add Form 1099-NEC to create a new copy of the form or click Review to review a form already created, otherwise click Continue once all Forms 1099-NEC are entered.

Please refer to IRS Publication 334 Tax Guide for Small Business for additional information regarding self-employment tax - what it is, who pays it, how it's calculated and reported, etc.

If you determine that this income should not be considered self-employment income (but instead employee income that should have been reported on Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement), you would need to report the income on Form 1040, Line 1 and file Form 8919 Uncollected Social Security and Medicare Tax on Wages. This allows you to report the uncollected social security and Medicare taxes on your wages.

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