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Payment Apps to Report Payments of $600 or More To The IRS

In March of 2021, we were introduced to the American Rescue Plan. Amongst other new regulations, it includes a new rule that requires third-party payment networks such as Venmo, Cash App, Zelle, etc., to report payments to the IRS that are over $600. It will mainly impact business owners that regularly use these third-party payment apps.



Originally, the IRS only required these payment network providers to report payments that met both of the following:

  • Gross payments that exceed $20,000
  • More than 200 transactions within the current year

Now with the new rule user’s business transactions will be reported to the IRS if they exceed $600 for the year. This ultimately affects small business owners using these services.

As of January 1, 2022, these apps must send users Form 1099-K for transactions made. However, the new tax reporting will only impact the 2022 tax return filed in 2023.

1099-K Tax Reporting Requirements

Third-party payment apps will send out these forms for income received by January 31, 2023. This is a tax form that may include both taxable and nontaxable income sources. You must report any taxable income listed on the 1099-k form on your income tax return.

A taxable source of income is included in your income. This includes things like:

  • Wages
  • Tips
  • Retirement income
  • And more.

Meanwhile, your standard income does not include nontaxable income, and you do not need to report those on your tax return. For instance:

  • Money received from a friend as reimbursement
  • Money received as a gift

Are forms of nontaxable income.

Recipients may need to provide the following for the payment-providers to properly report transactions on the form:

  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)
  • Social Security Number (SSN)

While this new law does not necessarily create a new tax, it requires employers and recipients to keep good records for any income received that may be taxable. Payment Apps

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