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Breaking: IRS Delays Controversial New Tax Rule After Massive Backlash

Nov 21, 2023 4:21:13 PM / by Duke Alexander Moore, EA

In a shocking announcement today, the IRS has decided to delay the implementation of a controversial new rule that would have required payment processors like PayPal, Venmo, and CashApp to issue 1099 tax forms for business transactions over $600. This rule was originally slated to go into effect on January 1, 2023.

However, after receiving extensive feedback from tax professionals and taxpayers expressing confusion—the IRS has postponed the rule until 2024. Over 44 million Americans were estimated to receive a 1099 form under the lowered $600 threshold.

Zelle Not Included

One source of confusion is that Zelle, owned by major banks, would NOT have been subject to the reporting rule. Since Zelle functions through bank accounts, it avoids the reporting requirement that applies specifically to third-party payment settlement entities. Nevertheless, many users mistakenly believed Zelle would be included. This misunderstanding contributed to the pushback.

Payment Processors Impacted

The payment processors impacted by this rule do include major companies like:

  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Stripe
  • Square
  • Ebay
  • CashApp

New $5,000 Rule Starts in 2024

While not eliminated entirely, the rule will now be scaled back significantly when implemented in 2024. Instead of the original $600 threshold, payment processors will only be required to report business transactions exceeding $5,000.

By increasing the minimum reporting requirement five-fold, the updated rule alleviates expansive oversight into personal transactions that had caused an uproar. The higher $5,000 threshold will also ease the compliance burden on companies like Venmo and CashApp.

Tags: IRS, 1099K

Duke Alexander Moore, EA

Written by Duke Alexander Moore, EA

Duke Alexander Moore, CTC, EA is a well-respected tax professional and content creator with well over 3.3 M followers across all social media platforms and has been featured in major publications such as Good Morning America and CNN for his savvy and easy-to-understand tax advice. In 2018, after becoming an EA, he set up his own accounting firm, assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs with taxes and bookkeeping. In 2020, with the aid of a popular TikTok account, Duke Tax saw huge growth and now looks after around seven hundred clients. As his business grew, Duke noticed that most CPA firms don’t understand content creator taxes. Being a content creator himself he decided to transform his firm to focus primarily on content creators and entrepreneurs.