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    Paying for work for personal site -- Need business / Tax ID EIN ?

    I am wanting someone to help do some work for a personal site. This site has no business purposes but just for my own personal use alone. Do I need to be a setup business and/or get a tax id (ein) number to pay them, even though it's just a personal site and not conducting any business?

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    You do not need to be a business to pay for professional services. Paying someone to build you a site is no different than paying a company to build you a garage for your car.
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    Do I need to report these to the IRS using a 1099-MISC form then?

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    So I don't need to report these to the IRS using a 1099-MISC form then?

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    It says on the 1099-MISC form itself:

    Trade or business reporting only. Report on Form 1099-MISC only when payments are made in the course of your trade or business. Personal payments are not reportable. You are engaged in a trade or business if you operate for gain or for profit.
    The IRS should never be a mystery. You can either:

    a) Read the form and instructions
    b) Call the IRS and ask

    In either case, the answer should be easy to get. Calling the IRS is usually a really pleasant experience -- one of the branches of government with great customer support. They'll answer any tax question you have clearly and point out exactly what forms they used to answer you. I believe they'll also mail you everything if you'd like.

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    Your not deducting the cost so you have nothing to worry about. You do not need tax id even with business you can do business with social security number if you use name as business.

    You need tax id when you do a Dba


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