In Case You Missed It: Schock and Schilling Introduced Small Business Tax Relief Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Friday, 10 February 2012 08:41

Companion Legislation Introduced Today in the Senate

Washington, DC – Congressmen Aaron Schock (IL-18) and Bobby Schilling (IL-17) last week introduced the 1099K Overreach Prevention Act, which will prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from implementing a new tax reporting requirement that would have far reaching implications for small business owners nationwide.  Companion legislation was introduced today in the Senate by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

“This is an unnecessary IRS requirement that will only lead to more accounting headaches for businesses. My concern is that the IRS is asking for flawed information from small businesses by requiring them to reconcile their internal numbers with that of third party entities,” said Congressman Schock. “When you take into consideration all of the types of merchant transactions that occur between a customer and a small business all this adds up to unnecessary administrative costs, a new accounting burden, and more time away from growing their business. At a time when there is still record unemployment, adding another job killing regulation on small businesses is not the right solution.”

“As a small businessperson, I’ve seen the impact of government red-tape and paperwork firsthand.  When I speak to fellow small business owners, I frequently hear that they are burdened with a lot of complicated paperwork that is difficult and time-consuming to navigate,” said Congressman Schilling. “For small companies, the cost of tax compliance is already $1,584 a year.  It is wrong to weigh down the very folks we are asking to put Americans back to work and lead us into economic recovery.”

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 requires the IRS to collect a new document known as a 1099K from third party payment entities, such as credit card companies. The 1099K will show all credit transactions within a merchants business for a given year. Unfortunately, the IRS is using the 1099K to add additional burdens on small business tax forms by requiring them to reconcile this report with the merchants own internal numbers, which was NOT the original intent of the law.

Customers asking for cash back, returning merchandise bought on credit for cash, or collecting the deposits for rentals can all lead to discrepancies when reconciliation occurs.  As many small businesses don't have the specialized accounting software, bookkeeping technology, time, or personnel to cross reference and reconcile their own internal numbers with third party generated numbers, this reconciliation requirement increases the accounting workload and costs for small businesses.

The 1099K Overreach Prevention Act prevents the IRS from using the 1099K data to require new reconciliatory calculations on the part of the small business, returning this provision to the intent of the law when it was enacted.

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