President Signs H.R. 4 into Law

On Thursday, April 14, 2011, the President signed into law H.R. 4, the “Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011,” which repeals the expansion of requirements for businesses to report information to the Internal Revenue Service on payments for goods of $600 or more annually to other businesses.

Published: April 25, 2011
Updated: May 9, 2011

On April 5, the Senate voted 87 to 12 to repeal the requirement. The House adopted the measure in March, 314 to 112. Because the House and Senate approved identical legislation, the bill went to the President.

President Obama said, “Today, I was pleased to take another step to relieve unnecessary burdens on small businesses by signing H.R. 4 into law. 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.”

The government planned to tax revenues reported on 1099 forms in order to raise money to fund health care reform. The Form 1099 provision was set to begin in ’12.