IRS Flooded With Comments, Concerns on New Payment Reporting Rules

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Less than a week into the comment period on IRS Notice 2010-51, scores of taxpayers and certified public accountants are calling for the repeal of a law change that, beginning in 2012, will require businesses to report a wider range of payments to contractors, vendors, and others, usually on Form 1099. IRS says it plans to issue guidance that will implement the provision in a way that minimizes burden and avoids duplicative reporting. IRS and the Treasury Department have already proposed regulations (REG-139255-08) under which many business purchases made with credit or debit cards would be exempt from the new reporting requirement because they already will be reported by banks and other payment processors.