1099-K Confusion on the Horizon

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 lowered the filing threshold for payment processors and credit card companies from 200 transactions or $20,000 to just $600 for 2022 — but the IRS delayed the effective date until 2023.

Because of this taxpayers that use credit card processors PayPal, Venmo and Zelle are going to be receiving a 1099-K for 2023 — even if they only have a few transactions. Worse yet, the IRS is going to be looking to match the income reported on these 1099-Ks to the tax returns filed by these taxpayers.

What can taxpayers do?
Start by letting the payment originators know to mark the payments that are not business related (should not be income and subject to tax) as personal on the chosen platform. If you end up picking up the lunch tab and being reimbursed through Venmo or Zelle be sure to remind your friends to mark the transaction as non-business. This also holds true for gifts, reimbursements, and other non-taxable payments.

At tax time be sure to share these documents, like all tax forms you receive, with your tax professional, so they can see that income reported on 1099-Ks is properly reported on your tax return.

One thing we as tax professionals are sure of is that these 1099-ks are going to generate a lot of confusion for taxpayers in addition to a lot of IRS notices that will need to be delt with long after the 2023 returns are filed.