Recently while speaking with a construction client, the topic of 1099’s came up and my client asked me if he was going to have to give a 1099 to every vendor that he does business with (he has a lot of vendors) and when would this start. As I gave him the details (i.e. requires businesses to file information returns if they pay more than $600 to a single vendor, won’t have to start until 2012) I could tell he did not want to deal with the burden of filing all those 1099’s. Well it seems Congress doesn’t want to deal with the burden of repealing the new 1099 reporting rules either.
The new 1099 reporting requirements will raise about $19 billion as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The burdens that the requirements put on the small business owner are sure to increase their administrative duties/costs considerably. There have been a couple of ideas being kicked around in Congress lately. One was to increase the amount required to file reports from $600 to $5000 and another was to exempt businesses with 25 or fewer employees. Obviously neither idea was passed.
So where do we stand now? Congressional leaders say that they have heard the cry from the masses and will repeal the law sometime before the first of the year (hopefully). I guess this will have to be as separate legislation since it was not attached to recent small business legislation signed into law. We will be sure to keep you posted on any changes in the 1099 reporting requirements as they are made.
The Tech Accountant