How to Obtain Lost 1099s From Previous Years

by Faizah Imani; Updated September 26, 2017

As a self-employed individual, you are required to submit a copy of your 1099 form to the Internal Revenue Service each year you file a tax return. Some creditors and lenders require a copy of your 1099 from previous years to prove your financial stability. There are several ways to get a copy of your 1099 tax document when your original form is lost or destroyed.

Contact the IRS to request a free “Transcript” of a previous year's 1099. This can be done by calling 800-908-9946. You must provide your name, social security number, birth date and mailing address to receive a transcript. Transcript requests can also be made by completing and mailing IRS Form 4506-T or by completing the online “Order a Transcript” tool.

Contact former clients or tax preparers. The IRS requires a company or tax preparer to maintain tax records for up to four years before discarding. If it has been under four years, there is a great chance the client still has a copy of your 1099.

Request a copy of your lost 1099 through an online third party company, such as FileLate. Most third party companies charge a fee to obtain a copy of your old 1099. However, the company does all of the leg work for you, saving you time spent on the phone with the IRS or former clients.

About the Author

Faizah Imani, an educator, minister and published author, has worked with clients such as Harrison House Author, Thomas Weeks III, Candle Of Prayer Company and "Truth & Church Magazine." Her dossier includes JaZaMM WebDesigns, assistant high-school band director, district manager for the Clarion Ledger and event coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention Center.

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