Feeling Queasy? Fading Fast? It’s Health Care’s New Tax Mandates

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the new health care law, is sickening small business with its requirement that companies file IRS 1099 forms to report every purchase 0f $600 or more. Yes, that’s a lot of reporting, a lot of paperwork.

Reuters has a good report on the ins and outs of this stomach-churning provision, “1099 tax rule may bring big pain to small business“:

Who will it affect?
It will affect all businesses, including sole proprietors, consultants, self-employed people and freelancers, who are considered businesses for tax purposes, but may not think of themselves that way. It also will apply to charities and other tax-exempt organizations. The National Taxpayer Advocate, based on Internal Revenue Service data, figures that it will affect 26 million sole proprietorships, 4 million S corporations, 2 million C corporations, 3 million partnerships, 2 million farms, 1 million charities and other tax-exempt organizations, and likely more than 100,000 federal, state and local government entities. All told, that’s more than 38 million taxpayers and taxpaying entities.

The story notes the NAM’s concerns, especially as the law will create all sort of disparate record-keeping and reporting requirements — an exemption for credit card purchases, but not cash?

“It’s a headache, there are increased costs, and I think there is also significant concern about how they will implement it,” says Dena Battle, director of tax policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, one of the business groups that has pushed for repeal. “Any time you have these ‘tax gap’ provisions, there are gigantic unintended consequences.”

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  • Bob says:

    In order to avoid having to provide Social Security Numbers to all of the people you pay, sole proprietors should consider getting Federal Employer ID #’s to provide customers, instead of their SSN’s.

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