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2024 Tax Tip for Self-Employed Musicians

February 07, 20242 min read

“The ARP required third party settlement organizations (TPSOs), which include popular payment apps and online marketplaces, to report payments of more than $600 for the sale of goods and services on a Form 1099-K starting in 2022.” -

2024 Tax Tip for Self-Employed Performers:

2024 Tax Tip: This year (2024), pay all your contractors via one electronic pay method like PayPal or Venmo so that you can reduce or eliminate issuing 1099s next year. This is because of the new 1099-K.

Form 1099-K was introduced with the American Rescue Plan. The ARP required third party settlement organizations (TPSOs) e.g. PayPal/Venmo, to report payments of more than $600 for the sale of goods and services on a Form 1099-K starting in 2022.

The $600 threshold has been postponed. For the 2023 tax year, the threshold is $20,000 or 200 transactions. So unless you’ve paid each individual contractor 200 times or $20K +, then  you're going to have to issue 1099-NECs for 2023.

Here’s how you do it.

 Any contractor you pay $600 or more in a calendar year has to be reported to the IRS on Form 1099-NEC. This could be anyone from a musician you hire in a gig, a sound tech, a producer, a videographer, any non-employee, you pay at least $600 for services in a year.

This is what the 1099-NEC  form looks like 👇


Step 1: Ask the contractor for a W-9. It looks like this 👇


Have the contractor fill it out and send it back to you.

Pro Tip: Get the contractor to send you their W-9 before you pay them. Otherwise, you will have to chase them down at tax time, and may get ghosted 👻

Step 2: Go to a site like and submit the information from the W-9.

This issues the 1099s to your contractors, and the IRS will receive that information as well.

It's best to do this in January. It's currently the beginning of February, so you're not too late. Just get it done ASAP.

Watch the quick tutorial on YouTube 👇

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Matt Santry

Matt Santry is a performer and educator who's voice has been featured in commercials with top brands like NBC's The Voice, Dollar Shave Club, Febreze, and many more As a performer, Matt stays busy with private events and travels the US to work with high end clients. Founded in 2019, Well Paid Musician is a training program born from the 20+ years of Matt's experience. This program has helped hundreds of musicians from all over the US earn more from performing and break the $100K+ barrier.

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