ABC Hails House Vote to Repeal Expanded Tax Reporting Requirements on Business Transactions

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement on U.S. House passage of  the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act (H.R. 4) calling for the full repeal of the expanded tax reporting requirements included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The provision in the health care law mandated that all businesses submit a Form1099 to the Internal Revenue Service for all transactions for goods or services exceeding $600 a year.

“ABC members are grateful this compliance nightmare may soon come to an end,” said ABC Vice President of Federal Affairs Geoff Burr. “The construction industry is already reeling from significant job loss with an unemployment rate exceeding 22 percent – more than twice the national average. Adding more bureaucratic layers and costs to an industry under siege would not facilitate a speedy economic recovery.

“However, this should not be seen as a one-time victory for the business community, but rather a step in the right direction,” said Burr. “It’s time to simplify our complex tax code and repeal other burdensome and costly tax provisions, such as the 3 percent withholding and the estate tax. For the construction industry, these are some of the greatest obstacles to increased economic growth and job creation.”

“Our hope is that a conference committee made up of members from both the House and the Senate come to a quick resolution in order to remove this cloud of uncertainty that is hanging over construction contractors,” Burr said.

The amendment repealing the expanded reporting on Form 1099 was offered in the U.S. Senate to the Federal Aviation Administration Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act (S. 223), and was agreed to by a bipartisan vote of 81-17.

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