Each publisher is responsible for their own tax reporting.
For the 2018 year, Mediavine paid out earnings via two payment services: PayPal and Tipalti. Each of these has a different method for providing 1099s — please read on for details.
As of Aug. 1, 2018, 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 Form 1099 for Aug. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018, and going forward, for publishers in the United States.
These forms will be available for download through a portal in early 2019.
From April 2016 to July 2018, Mediavine paid all publishers via PayPal Mass Payments. 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 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 to March.
For the 2016 tax year, Gusto sent 1099 forms for those direct deposits, IF your direct deposits totaled more than $600.
If you did not make more than $600, Gusto was 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 to 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 don't hesitate to reach out. You can email our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.