I won $1,358 online in May of 2017. To this day no check sent. They sent me a 2017 1099-misc. Please advise me.

Q) I won $1,358 online at a bingo site back in May of 2017. They zeroed out my account to process the winnings in mid-June 2017 but to this date they still have not sent out the check or paid me. they sent me a 2017 1099-misc. I have repeatedly emailed them that they need to get it voided as they did not pay that out in 2017 and if they are not paying it until 2018 they need to wait and send a 1099-misc. in 2018. I’d like to get my taxes done but cannot get this corrected. they are about a year behind in paying Grand prize winners and they average about 5-10 per month so this will be affecting a lot of people.

A) I understand that you are in a difficult situation. You won money at an online bingo site in May of 2017, but the site has not yet paid you. They have also sent you a 2017 1099-MISC, even though they have not yet paid you. This is causing you problems with your taxes.

Here are some steps you can take to handle this situation:

  1. Keep good records. Make sure you keep all of the emails you have sent to the bingo site, as well as any other documentation related to your winnings. This will help you if you need to take further action.
  2. Contact the bingo site again. Send them a follow-up email, reiterating your request that they void the 2017 1099-MISC. Be sure to keep a copy of this email as well.
  3. Contact the IRS. If the bingo site does not respond to your requests, you can contact the IRS. The IRS may be able to help you get the 1099-MISC voided.
  4. File a complaint with the state gaming commission. If the bingo site is licensed by a state gaming commission, you can file a complaint with the commission. The commission may be able to investigate the matter and take action against the bingo site.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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