What are the options if an employer included reimbursement exp's on your 1099-Misc?
There are really 2 options available to you to correct this mistake by the employer.
Contact your employer as soon as possible and explain in writing the error on the 1099-Misc and explain in detail that your understanding was that the travel expenses were a reimbursement and would not be included as income to you.
The employer may then quickly file an amended 1099-Misc for you and you might be fortunate to receive the corrected 1099-Misc (Amended 1099-Misc) within the week.
However, because the deadline for 1099-Misc report is fast approaching and there may be a cost attached to filing an amended 1096 Annual Transmittal Letter along with all the 1099-Misc reports, you might find that the employer might be reluctant to do this.
He may suggest to you instead, "that you file a Schedule C and report these expenses as deductions against the total amount reported on the 1099-Misc."
Simply ignore option 1, and instead follow the employer suggestion of filing a Schedule C and reporting the entire amount reported on your 1099-Misc as Income.
Then, you should claim all your travel expenses that should have instead been treated as a reimbursement. In this manner the net profit from your Schedule C would be the same amount that should have been reported on the 1099-Misc.
As such, there is nothing to worry in taking the 2nd option, and this is quite common especially in the IT consulting business. In this business, the employers simply report the entire payments paid to the consultants on a 1099-Misc.
The independent consultants report this entire income (per 1099-Misc) on their Schedule C, and deduct all their travel & lodging expense along with related other ordinary and necessary expenses.
Perhaps, by reporting this income on your Schedule C, you might also be able to report other ordinary and necessary expenses such as office expenses, cell phone expense, parking, auto expenses, and expenses directly related to your job as a independent consultant/contractor!
As a consequence of filing a Schedule C, it might prove to be more beneficial to you as well in that you may save taxes as well, both in terms of self-employment taxes and regular taxes as well.