As of April 2016, Mediavine pays all publishers via PayPal Mass Payments. PayPal payments are covered under a completely separate section of the tax code.
Per PayPal's own website, the only time you should receive a 1099 for PayPal payments is:
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 with 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.
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 PayPal, and click on the ACTIVITY tab at the top of the screen.
Once there, you'll want to filter the activity. Change the dates to be for the entire year; ex: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016. Add an additional filter of "Mediavine" to the search.
This will get you a list of all your Mediavine payments for the entire year. 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.
If you were with Mediavine prior to April 2016, you may have received a payment via Gusto direct deposit for January-March.
For the 2016 tax year, Gusto will be sending 1099 forms for those direct deposits, IF your direct deposits totaled more than $600.
If you did not make more than $600, they are not required to send you a 1099. Simply print out the details in Gusto, and submit that income with the PayPal print out to show proof of income to the IRS (and your accountant, if you have one).
Please make sure you have the correct address information on file with Gusto.
If you don't remember when you started with Mediavine, your anniversary date can be found in your dashboard.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.