Temporary Reprieve From IRS for the 2023 Tax Season!
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This past Friday, the IRS announced a delay in the $600 reporting threshold for third-party settlement organizations, which had been in effect for the 2022 calendar year. As a result, the IRS says third-party settlement organizations will not have to report tax year 2022 transactions on a Form 1099-K, Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions, to the IRS or the payee for the lower, $600 threshold amount that was enacted as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, P.L. 117-2.
Until the changes enacted by ARPA, third-party settlement organizations were allowed a de minimis exception to filing Form 1099-K with respect to payees with 200 or fewer such transactions during the calendar year with an aggregate gross amount of $20,000 or less. ARPA amended this de minimis amount to $600, with no minimum number of transactions, effective for calendar years beginning after Dec. 31, 2021.
Third-party settlement organizations generally include banks or other organizations that process credit card transactions on behalf of a merchant (think PayPal, Venmo, etc) and make an interbank transfer of funds to the merchant from a customer.
Form 1099-K must be furnished to the participating payees on or before Jan. 31 of the year following the calendar year for which the return was made and must be filed with the IRS on or before Feb. 28 (March 31 if filing electronically) of the year following the calendar year for which the return was made.
Therefore, in Notice 2023-10, the IRS announced that it will regard calendar year 2022 as a "transition period" for purposes of IRS enforcement and administration of the $600 de minimis exception for third-party settlement organizations and third-party network transactions as provided in the notice. This means that for returns for calendar years before 2023, a third-party settlement organization is not required to report payments in settlement of third-party network transactions with respect to a participating payee unless the gross amount of aggregate payments to be reported exceeds $20,000 and the number of such transactions with that participating payee exceeds 200. The IRS says that for years after 2022, it will enforce the $600 de minimis reporting threshold.
So, it would seem for now that taxpayers have at least a little more time to transition into the new era where almost all of transactions that are potentially income will be reported to the IRS, and will be up to individual taxpayers to mitigate tax burdens with sound tactics and strategies. If you’re feeling overburdened by your tax situation or you’d rather be doing something else with your time, just remember we’re here to help you with all of your tax preparation, resolution/representation needs. Now and in the future. Don’t put off addressing your tax situation. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have in approaching your specific tax scenario.