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IRS Delays Implementation of rule to report $600 earnings.

IRS Again Delays Implementation of Rule to Report Over $600 in Payments on Venmo, Paypal, etc.

December 4, 2023 

The IRS announced a second consecutive year of delays in implementing a 2021 law requiring payment platforms like Venmo, PayPal, and Cash App to send tax forms (1099-Ks) to users who received over $600 in the current tax year. The delay aims to reduce taxpayer confusion and avoid sending an estimated 44 million 1099-K forms to individuals who may not owe taxes on these payments. Instead, the IRS will continue to use an existing threshold — more than 200 transactions exceeding $20,000 in income—for sending 1099-Ks in early 2024.

This is a  significant change is the IRS’s decision to transition to the new rule to raise the reporting threshold from $600 to $5,000 in tax year 2024. This means individuals receiving more than $5,000 in payments via payment apps in 2024 will receive the 1099-K form in early 2025 for their 2024 tax returns. The threshold will then step down to $600 for the 2025 tax year unless further changes are made. Some Republican lawmakers argue that the repeated delays indicate confusion and impracticality with the $600 rule, calling for a reevaluation of the law.

The reporting requirement was initially introduced in the 2021 American Rescue Plan, and required users to report transactions through payment apps meeting or exceeding $600 in a calendar year. Online selling platforms pushed back on the new rule, and voiced their concerns about its impact on individuals using payment apps for personal transactions. At least for now, it looks like the IRS took their feedback into consideration, as IRS officials cite taxpayer confusion about reportable transactions as a reason for the delays.

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