Thursday, July 29, 2010

AICPA Supports Repeal of Burdensome Tax Information Reporting Measure

AICPA Supports Repeal of Burdensome Tax Information Reporting Measure
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants told members of Congress recently they should repeal the section of the new health care law that requires businesses to report to the Internal Revenue Service any purchase from a vendor of goods or services worth $600 or more during the calendar year.

The AICPA said it will be burdensome and costly for small businesses to compile the data and prepare the Form 1099-MISC information return. Furthermore, the AICPA said the information collected on the 1099 forms will not be very helpful to the IRS in collecting any unpaid taxes that should have been paid by the vendor because it will be difficult to reconcile payments reported on the forms and income reported by the vendor.

The reporting requirement is included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and is effective for purchases made in 2012 that will be reported on 1099 forms filed in 2013.

A copy of the AICPA’s letter to members of the U.S. Senate is pasted below. An identical letter was sent to members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

If you would like to speak to someone about the AICPA’s letter, please contact Shirley Twillman, AICPA senior manager for media relations, at 202-434-9220 or

To read the entire article and a copy of the letter, please click the link above.

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