New Tax Rule: Ensure Your Venmo Transactions Aren’t Accidentally Taxed

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The U.S. government passed legislation for 2022 as part of the American Rescue Plan Act that forces online payment platforms like Venmo, PayPal, Stripe, and Square to report all aggregate business payments of $600 or more to the IRS through a 1099-K form. This new tax rule only applies to payments for “goods and services,” not for personal payments between friends and family. Previously, the threshold was $20,000 in income and 200 or more transactions.

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For independent contractors who might be paid through one of these popular platforms, it’s important to reconcile your 1099-K forms with your 1099-MISC forms received from clients to ensure you aren’t being taxed twice for the same income. IRS rules state that if an organization pays a gig worker via a third-party processor, such as Venmo, the payer does not have to issue a 1099-MISC for that pay. The payment platform must take care of that by filing a 1099-K.

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For individuals, it’s also important to ensure you aren’t being taxed on money you receive through Venmo, such as your friend sending you money via Venmo to split a pizza. To make sure these transactions are processed as personal payments, without fees or tax ramifications, toggle the button that says “Turn on for purchases” to the “off” position, where it will appear as a gray circle.

If you accidentally send a friend money and the button was “on,” indicating a business purchase, your friend will have to pay fees. If it happens often enough to add up to $600 or more, your friend will also have to pay taxes on that money.

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If you accidentally send funds with the “purchase” button on, the person who sent the money (not the recipient) should contact the Venmo support team immediately to have the fees refunded.

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