IRS Announced 1099-K Form for TPSO Reporting Delay For Tax Year 2023
The IRS has announced a postponement of Form 1099-K reporting requirements for third-party platforms in 2023. Instead, the current threshold of $5,000 will be implemented in 2024 as a gradual transition period.
For the upcoming tax season, the IRS has pushed back its initial reporting threshold for third-party settlement organizations (TPSOs) to take effect. The American Rescue Plan 2021 requires that transactions over $600 in Tax Year 2023 not be reported on IRS Form 1099-K by TPSOs or the payee. This decision affects popular companies such as Venmo and PayPal.
The IRS has ruled that the existing 1099-K reporting threshold for the tax year 2023 will remain the same, being payments of more than $20,000 in total from over 200 individual transactions.
Here are the Details of the 1099-K Form Reporting Delay
To minimize taxpayer misconception and confusion, the IRS issued Notice 2023-74, announcing that the new $600 Form 1099-K reporting threshold for third-party settlement organizations has been postponed until calendar year 2023. The decision was based on an analysis of feedback from taxpayers, tax professionals, as well as payment processors.
To reduce potential confusion, the IRS has declared that 2023 is to be viewed as a transition year regarding the new law. The agency will only require reporting if a taxpayer receives more than $20,000 and they have engaged in more than 200 transactions during that year. This has been put into effect due to the estimated 44 million Forms 1099-K being sent out to unsuspecting taxpayers who may not owe any tax.
In order to ensure stakeholder certainty and help individual taxpayers comprehend the intricacies of the new provision, the IRS is proposing a phase-in for the $600 reporting threshold in 2024. This would involve setting a threshold of $5,000 for tax year 2024 as stipulated by the American Rescue Plan (ARP).
In response to the valuable input of those within the tax community, the IRS is mulling over potential updates to Form 1040 and its associated schedules for 2024. Making changes to this essential form – which serves over 150 million taxpayers annually – requires much consideration and analysis, hence why these changes are planned for 2024 to gain further feedback from stakeholders.
Beginning in 2022, the American Rescue Plan has mandated that any third-party settlement organizations (TPSOs), including digital payment apps and online marketplaces, must report payments of more than $600 for goods and services on a Form 1099-K. This form will be sent to taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to assist them in correctly completing their tax returns. Prior to this regulation, only transactions that amounted to more than $20,000 through at least 200 sales per annum were required to submit such paperwork.
The IRS Temporarily Delayed the New 1099-K Requirement.
When it comes to personal transactions such as presents for a birthday or special occasion, sharing the cost of a car ride or dinner with someone, or paying another person for a household expense, there is no need to file any reports. These payments do not incur taxes and should not be recorded on Form 1099-K.
Though it may seem odd, many individuals who make casual sales of goods and services – like used clothes, furniture, and other household items – might receive a Form 1099-K in the mail, even if these sales produce no taxable income. In fact, it is not uncommon for those selling such goods to take a loss.
The IRS has determined to push back the date for the reporting requirements and set a threshold of $5,000 for 2024 in light of the difficulty in identifying these transactions. They are asking for input on the dollar amount as well as any other aspects on how to focus on taxable trades. In particular, they seek feedback concerning the chosen threshold of $5,000 for the 2024 tax year.
PriorTax understands the importance of properly managing the expansion of information reporting that is to take place due to the new thresholds set for Form 1099-K. In addition, it is vital that both taxpayers and our tax professionals have all the necessary resources to help them understand and comply with these changes. This increased reporting leads to a higher rate of tax compliance.