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Do I need to file a tax return if oDesk doesn't send a 1099?

Do I need to file an income tax return if oDesk doesn't send me a 1099 (which they won't because I didn't have $20,000 earned AND 200 separate transactions)? If I do, do I file as an individual with my oDesk income listed as "Other" or "Miscellaneous" or whatever? Or do I file as a business/independent contractor with my oDesk income listed as self-employment income(even though without the 1099, the government has no record of my income)?

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