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What is the difference between a 1099 and a K-1?

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What is the difference between a 1099 and a K-1?

Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  winktax replied 5 years ago.

Form 1099 is an informational return, also 1099 forms are more single purpose forms. 1099-I = interest 1099-d = dividends

A form k-1 is a type of ownership form, A form k-1 is a form which lists the owners share of the business activities as such it can contain a higher number of information items. A k1 does not represent ownership like a stock certificate but it does report the owner’s share of the business entities activity.

A form k-1 is issued by Flow Through entities, these are entities that normally do not pay taxes at the entity level but pass income/loss down to the owner or beneficiary. K-1's come from partnerships, S-corporations, Estates, Trusts.

Form 1099 also reports payments, K-1 reports all activities.