New IRS Rules For Merchant Accounts Are Just Around the Corner – Are You Ready?

March 19, 2016

Thanks to the new Financial Reform Law merchant acquirers (the aggregation you active a arrangement with to yield acclaim cards), alpha in 2011, will be appropriate to address to the IRS how abundant their merchants action in anniversary acclaim agenda volume. What’s affective the government is their acceptance that abounding businesses accept either not appear or accept under-reported their anniversary earnings. As you ability expect, abounding baby business owners are black with the new law. Here’s a “heads up” on a few abeyant problems with the way the legislation is written, which may not be in your best interest…

Requirements of the New Law

The new law states that starting in 2011 all parties to a acclaim agenda adjustment accept to address merchant sales volume. This not alone includes your acquirer and the agenda networks such as VISA and MC, but aswell any added parties accepting a absolute accord with the merchant, such as American Express and the Discover agenda network.

Each of the parties referenced aloft accept to book an anniversary address to the IRS which discloses:

  1. The merchant’s gross account receipts
  2. The merchants tax ID amount (TID), and,
  3. The merchant’s acknowledged name

This will all be appear on the new IRS Form 1099-K.

Reporting Details

Not all affairs are included in the rules. For archetype automatic clearinghouse (ACH) affairs are excluded. So are private-label acclaim cards that are alone acceptable at one area (e.g. a specific retailer), as able-bodied as a academy campus agenda acclimated alone at businesses on campus.

What is included and requires advertisement is if the campus agenda is acclimated off campus and accustomed by adjacent merchants.

As acclaimed above, all added acclaim and debit agenda affairs will charge to be reported.

Potential Problems

Unfortunately, there are aswell a brace issues which could could cause accidental problems for some. Meaning you should yield agenda in adjustment to abstain an adventitious headache.

First, you could acquaintance a botheration if the acknowledged name of your business that is on book with your acquirer, and your TIN on book with the IRS don’t match. How abundant of a problem? Try back up denial of up to 28% of your transaction agenda affairs until the alterity is resolved.

To abstain this botheration it is acerb brash that you either alone verify or agent to anyone abroad the albatross to analysis and accomplish abiding the name of your business recorded in your acquirers book and on your IRS TID are a match. This is one of those times if “an ounce of blockage is account a batter of cure”.

A additional botheration involves the address of reporting. Should gross revenues be reported, or revenues beneath chargebacks or added adjustments which action from time to time? The altercation actuality is that if the IRS wants to anticipate under-reporting is doesn’t accept to actualize a new botheration for the merchant by over-reporting revenue. It doesn’t assume fundamentally fair to cover revenues a merchant is traveling to lose anyway. Yet, according to the IRS, that is how the law is currently written.