President Obama on Thursday signed into law a bill repealing the expanded 1099 reporting requirements from the 2010 health care law.  The Senate passed the repeal bill in an 87-12 vote on April 5 after the House passed the bill in March.

The law repeals the expanded 1099 reporting requirements that were included in the funding provision of the 2010 health care law, which required all for-profit corporations issue 1099 forms to vendors from whom they purchased over $600 of goods or services in a tax year and was scheduled to go into effect for all payments made after December 31, 2011.

The repeal comes after months of debate about the impact of the reporting requirement on small businesses and how to cover the cost for the 1099 repeal, which is estimated at nearly $22B over the next 10 years.

“Today, I was pleased to take another step to relieve unnecessary burdens on small businesses by signing H.R. 4 into law,” reads the president’s signing statement. “Small business owners are the engine of our economy and because Democrats and Republicans worked together, we can ensure they spend their time and resources creating jobs and growing their business, not filling out more paperwork. I look forward to continuing to work with Congress to improve the tax credit policy in this legislation and I am eager to work with anyone with ideas about how we can make health care better or more affordable.”

So what does this mean for companies and their 1099 reporting?  Was expanded 1099 reporting a passing fad?  Actually, discussions around expansion of 1099 reporting requirements date back to the Bush administration and are aimed at better tracking business expenditures, earnings, and tax liability.  In order to ensure your company is ready to meet current 1099 reporting requirements, as well as future changes, the safest bet is to make sure you have the policies, processes, and systems to ensure up-to-date supplier tax information.

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