Publishers are responsible for their own tax reporting.
For your Mediavine earnings, you will only get a form 1099 if you received a payment from a method other than PayPal.
Mediavine pays all publishers via Tipalti. This service allows users to choose their preferred payment method. Read more about the different payment methods here.
Mediavine will issue a 1099-MISC for non-PayPal earnings paid out to publishers in the United States.
These forms will be available via email in late January 2021 and will come from a service called Tax1099.
PayPal payments are covered under a completely separate section of the U.S. tax code.
Per PayPal's own website, the only time you should receive a 1099 for PayPal payments is as follows:
PayPal is required by the IRS to report the sales of goods and services for customers who, in a single year receive:
- More than $20,000 USD, AND
- 200 or more payments.
IRS Section 6050W applies to all payment providers, including PayPal.
PayPal even gets its own special 1099 form, known as a 1099-K.
Even including potential sponsored work, Mediavine publishers should only ever receive around 12 payments a year; far less than the 200 payments required to receive a 1099-K from PayPal.
You do still need to report your Mediavine income to the IRS. Lack of a 1099 does not preclude you from that.
To get the income you need to report, simply log into your Mediavine dashboard. Click on Payments on the left-hand menu and click on the relevant payment profile. Then click View Payment History:
This will generate a list of all your Mediavine payments. Adjust the items per page at the bottom of the screen if needed to display payments from January 2020 - December 2020.
Print this page, and provide it to your accountant, or include it with your tax documents.
It will suffice as proof of your income from Mediavine, Inc. for the year, in the same way a 1099 form would.
Alternately, you can pull this report from PayPal by navigating to the Activity tab, setting the date range, and filtering by Mediavine, Inc.
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This is not tax advice and you should consult with your accountant or tax preparer for specifics on how to file your earnings.