07 May 2010

Massive Tax Compliance Issue Discovered: Guess They Should Have Read That Health Care Reform Bill A Bit More Closely (Or At All)

Aw, who am I kidding? They knew exactly what they were doing, but didn't care about the impact because the supposed tax windfall was needed to reduce the projected costs for the CBO scoring.

I mentioned this to Mrs. Septimus, who runs a small business. When I told her that soon she would be expected to generate hundreds of 1099s, she didn't believe me.

When I pointed out that the article below is from CNN Money, and after reading it, she got a bit upset. Apparently, she will now be expected to generate and recieve hundreds of 1099s and track every purchase and service.

I just thank God her wrath is not directed at me ...

This is what happens, when no one in government has ever had to run a small business.
From CNN Money: Health care law's massive, hidden tax change

An all-but-overlooked provision of the health reform law is threatening to swamp U.S. businesses with a flood of new tax paperwork.

Section 9006 of the health care bill -- just a few lines buried in the 2,409-page document -- mandates that beginning in 2012 all companies will have to issue 1099 tax forms not just to contract workers but to any individual or corporation from which they buy more than $600 in goods or services in a tax year.

The stealth change radically alters the nature of 1099s and means businesses will have to issue millions of new tax documents each year.

"It's a pretty heavy administrative burden," particularly for small businesses without large in-house accounting staffs, says Bill Rys, tax counsel for the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

While all but unnoticed at the time -- a Pennsylvania business group issued the first warning last October as the idea emerged in draft Senate legislation -- the 1099 rule changes began sparking attention in the blogosphere in the last week. The libertarian Cato Institute called it a "costly, anti-business nightmare"; Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., introduced legislation last week that would repeal the new 1099 requirements.

The notion of mailing a tax form to Costco or Staples each year to document purchases may seem absurd to small business owners, but that's not the worst of it, tax experts say.

Marianne Couch, a principal with the Cokala Tax Group in Michigan and former chair of a citizen advisory group to the IRS on small business and self-employed tax issues, thinks the bigger headache will be data collection: gathering names and taxpayer identification numbers for every payee and vendor that you do business with.

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