Ok. I do consulting work on the side. Usually I send a bill, then I get paid (they send me a check).
Are companies supposed to send me a 1099-MISC for the amount paid to me?
I imagine since I send them a bill, they will use it as a business expense (using my bill as the receipt), rather than an employee payment. This means I won’t get a 1099-MISC from them. How do I report it then? Do I just put an amount on the Schedule C? What kind of documentation must I have to support this income?
Finally, do I really have to report it if I don’t get a 1099?
The IRS site keeps mentioning 1099-MISC and Schedule C for income for Independent Contractors, but it doesn’t really explain my questions (except #3).