The IRS recently released an updated version of Publication 1220, Specifications for Electronic Filing of Forms including 1099 and W-2G. This October 2018 update follows the September 2018 release and includes revised or additional information relating to Forms 1098, 1099-R, and 1099-MISC.
- A new field “Other” was added in Field Position 592-630 on the “B” Record.
- This field may contain any additional items to report to the payer, including real estate taxes, insurance paid from escrow, and the continuation of either the “property address securing the mortgage” or “legal description of property” fields.
- This is a free format field, and any information in this box is not required by the IRS.
- The field description for Field Position 631-669 on the “B” record was edited to enter blanks.
- Previously this field description was for a free format field allowing for a continuation of certain other fields.
- Field Position 557-564 on the “B” Record is now for “Date of Payment” information, and Field Position 565-662 (also on the “B” record) is now reserved for Blanks.
- Previously 557-662 was reserved as blank, and Date of Payment was previously in field positions 663-670.
- Field Position 663-722 on the “B” Record is now reserved for Special Data Entries, generally used for state and local government reporting.
- Special Data Entries was formerly in field positions 671-722, but was moved to accommodate the changes in “Date of Payment”, see above.
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