I bet you signed paperwork agreeing to deductions. Also, driving into a coop with NO seatbelt on was begging for it, my friend. The 1099 isn't a "tax status" it's a tax form for an independent contractor. Since you were running all their equipment without it being "leased" to you they misclassified you and therefore cheated. This is the fraud others are mentioning because you were in all actuality an employee and should have been issued a w2.