eCommerce businesses are required to use Form 1099-K to interpret the third-party payments received from payers. Learn how with this simple guide.
Form 1099-K: Overview Of 1099-K Form
- Form 1099-K is a federal return that reports third-party payment network and payment card transactions.
- Third-party payment settlement organizations (TPSOs) or payment settlement entities (PSEs) are required to prepare and file a Form 1099-K.
- PSEs and TPSOs need to file a Form 1099-K for each payee to whom they’ve paid $600 or more in a calendar year in settlement of third-party transactions.
- The minimum reportable threshold for the 1099-K form has been reduced from $20,000 to $600 starting in 2022.
- The transaction limit of 200 has been removed to enable complete transparency of payments.
- For calendar years prior to 2021, filers can follow the old 1099-K instructions to prepare the 1099-K returns.
- For calendar years after 2022, filers need to follow the new reporting requirements for 1099-K 2022 as prescribed by the IRS here.
Role Of Third-Party Payment Settlement Entities In 1099-K Reporting
- Third-party payment network entities and payment card entities are known as payment settlement entities or payment settlement organizations. Example: PayPal, Venmo, etc.
- A PSE needs to file a 1099-K form if the gross total of the payments made in settlement of third-party transactions exceeds $600 with no limits on the number of transactions.
- A 1099-K form is prepared by the PSE, and it’s issued to the participating payee to notify them of the payments made in a calendar year.
- The payee must review and document the form for information purposes. If the information reported on Form 1099-K is incorrect, the payee must approach the PSE to change the information.
- On approval, the payer must file 1099-K form with the IRS.
Reporting 1099-K 2022 Payments: For PSEs
- Payment settlement entities are required to file a 1099-K for each payee who has received $600 or more in settlement of third-party payment transactions from them in a calendar year.
- The gross total of the reportable payments is the total of payments made by the PSE to the participating merchant entity (payee) in a calendar year.
- The gross total of 1099-K payments must be at least $600 to qualify for IRS reporting.
- The gross total of reportable payments does not include refunds, returns, and other alike contingent transactions.
Understanding 1099-K Payments Received: For Payees
- Payments issued by PSEs or PSOs are considered income.
- Regardless of the 1099-K form being issued to you, the gross total paid to you in settlement of third-party payment transactions will be reported and filed by the payer.
- The IRS validates and matches the payments reported on Form 1099-K with the reports on the business income tax form filed by the payee.
- Payees do not have to worry about filing Form 1099-K.
- The information reported on 1099-K must be considered when computing income tax for your e-commerce business.
- To avoid double reporting the income received through PSE payments, review your 1099-K copies thoroughly and report your income per the actual income received.
In a unique scenario, where the e-commerce entity processes payments directly into the seller’s account, then the gross payments issued to its sellers through the payments infrastructure must be reported on Form 1099-K.
In this scenario, the e-commerce entity is the payer and its sellers are the payees. Similar to what Amazon is doing.
Look at what Amazon is saying about 1099-K reporting.
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