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Are machine rental payments reportable on a 1099 form?

The Instructions for Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC state the following:


Enter amounts of $600 or more for all types of rents, such as any of the following.

  • Real estate rentals paid for office space. However, you do not have to report these payments on Form 1099-MISC if you paid them to a real estate agent or property manager. But the real estate agent or property manager must use Form 1099-MISC to report the rent paid over to the property owner. See Regulations sections 1.6041-3(d) and 1.6041-1(e)(5), Example 5.
  • Machine rentals (for example, renting a bulldozer to level your parking lot). If the machine rental is part of a contract that includes both the use of the machine and the operator, prorate the rental between the rent of the machine (report that inbox 1) and the operator’s charge (report that on Form 1099-NEC in box 1).
  • Pasture rentals (for example, farmers paying for the use of grazing land).
  • Public housing agencies must report in box 1 rental assistance payments made to owners of housing projects. See Rev. Rul. 88-53, 1988-1 C.B. 384.

Coin-operated amusements

If an arrangement between an owner of coin-operated amusements and an owner of a business establishment where the amusements are placed is a lease of the amusements or the amusement space, the owner of the amusements or the owner of the space, whoever makes the payments, must report the lease payments in box 1 of Form 1099-MISC if the payments total at least $600. However, if the arrangement is a joint venture, the joint venture must file a Form 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income, and provide each partner with the information necessary to report the partner’s share of the taxable income. Coin-operated amusements include video games, pinball machines, jukeboxes, pool tables, slot machines, and other machines and gaming devices operated by coins or tokens inserted into the machines by individual users. For more information, see Rev. Rul. 92-49, 1992-1 C.B. 433.


Instructions for Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC

Additional Sources:

IRS regulation section 1.6041 – Information at source

IRS regulation section 1.6041-3(d) – Payments for which no return of information is required under section 6041

IRS Regulation section 1.6041-1e(5) Example 5 – Return of information as to payments of $600 or more