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Do clients issue 1099's to Upwork?

My company has hired contractors through Upwork for a total of a few thousand. Do I need to issue a 1099 to Upwork? I doesn't look like I need to. Please advise.


Hi Frederick,


Freelancers and businesses who are U.S. taxpayers and receive at least $20,000 in gross payments during the calendar year with 200 transactions or more will receive a Form 1099-KOnly those who have received at least $20,000 in gross payments and had at least 200 transactions on Upwork will receive a Form 1099-K. If you do not meet the minimum payment threshold, you will not receive any type of Form 1099 from us, although you are still required to report your income.


~ Arjay
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It's really frustrating how seldom it seems the mods here actually read the question before responding. The poster is a client, posting here in the client forum to find out whether as a client they need to ISSUE a 1099 to Upwork because they've paid you as a vendor.

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Totally agree. Seems like bots do all the replies. There was nothing anywhere in the support/help section about clients issuing 1099’s

Hi Frederick,


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~ Nikola
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re: "I doesn't look like I need to."


You are correct.

You don't need to issue 1099 to Upwork or to freelancers who you hire.

Community Member

Short and sweet: nope, you don't need to send a 1099 (and you don't need to, and shouldn't, request any information from the freelancer! Upwork does that for you).


Why? The correct help article about it is here:



Specifically, see in the FAQ - "Why don’t I have to send a 1099-MISC, 1099-NEC, or 1099-K?"


Even if anyone DID transact more than $20,000 AND 200 transactions for tax year 2022 (or $600 in any transaction count for 2023), Upwork would generate the 1099-K as the appropriate form. You still don't have to do anything directly.

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