1099 Frequently Asked Questions

What is a 1099-MISC?

The 1099-MISC is a tax document used to report payment information to the IRS and to the person or business that received the payment. We send one copy of this form to the contributor, and one to the IRS.

Who receives a 1099-MISC?

Contributors who are US Citizens or residents that received a payment from Bigstock during a calendar year will receive a 1099-MISC form in the beginning of the following year.

When do I receive a 1099-MISC?

The link to download 1099-MISC is posted in the Tax Center by January 31 of each year for your earnings from the previous year. The form is available for electronic download until October 15 of that year. We do not mail out paper copies of the form, unless specifically requested to do so by the contributor. If there is no link posted in your account, you most likely do not have a 1099 form issued to you for the previous calendar year.

How are the amounts on this form calculated?

The 1099-MISC reflects all payments that were made to you during the previous calendar year. So if you made earnings in December, which were not actually paid out to you until January of the following year, the December earnings will not be reflected in the 1099-MISC for the tax year in question, but rather will be calculated in your 1099-MISC for your earnings the following year. For further details on your payments please see your Payment History.

Important for Shutterstock Contributors

If you are also a Shutterstock Contributor, you will receive your 1099-MISC which will include both your Shutterstock and Bigstock earnings, and it will be available only via your Shutterstock account. The amount in Box 2 of this 1099 includes both your Bigstock and Shutterstock payments received. Log into your Shutterstock account to download the 1099-MISC from.

How do I access the 1099-MISC on Bigstock?

1. Log into the Tax Center of your Bigstock account.

2. At the bottom of the page is a Tax Forms section that links to a download page.

2. On the download page, check the consent box and click “view my form (.pdf)” button.

4. This will initiate the download of the 1099-MISC form.

Can I get a paper copy of my 1099-MISC in the mail?

If you are unable to download the PDF document, you may request a paper copy by contacting us at support@bigstockphoto.com.

What if I still have questions?

We cannot give personal tax or legal advice. If you still have questions about taxes after reviewing the information in the Tax Center, please contact your legal and/or tax advisor.

If you have questions about the information in your Bigstock account, please contact us.

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