Burdensome Reporting Rule Repealed

April 15, 2011

A rule that would have imposed burdensome new reporting requirements on businesses has been repealed. The rule was designed to clamp down on tax cheats by requiring businesses to file Form 1099 whenever they pay more than $600 to a single vendor for goods and services. It quickly became apparent that this would be a recordkeeping nightmare and both political parties favored repeal. Wrangling over a revenue offset prevented prompt action, but Congress finally agreed on a version that under some circumstances will recapture part of a healthcare tax credit provided by the Affordable Care Act. President Obama signed the repeal legislation despite misgivings about the revenue offset.