Atlanta, GA asked in Tax Law for Georgia

Q: My wife is an employee at a preschool & received a Georgia DECAL supplemental payment for early learning professionals..

This was reported on a 1099-MISC, causing TurboTax to make her a small business owner. She is an employee of the pre-school, not an independent contractor. How do we report this income without starting a non-existent business?

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A: There are different types of 1099s, which are used to report various different types of payments. Although independent contractors typically receive 1099s, receiving a 1099 doesn't automatically make a person an independent contractor. Your wife should consider speaking with a knowledgeable tax preparer.

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