WASHINGTON (Sept. 13, 2010)—The Tire Industry Association and the Specialty Equipment Market Association have joined a coalition of nearly 130 small business associations urging the Senate to repeal tax paperwork burdens placed on small businesses by the health care bill passed earlier this year.
The Coalition for Fairness in Tax Compliance is asking senators to vote for the amendment sponsored by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010. The Johanns amendment would repeal Section 9006 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires all businesses with more than 25 employees to file 1099 forms for every business from which they purchase $600 more worth of goods in any tax year.
“As Congress calls on small business to lead the nation out of the recession, now is not the time for government-imposed costs on doing business,” the coalition said in its Sept. 9 letter. “The extent of this new paperwork requirement on business owners is astounding, as businesses estimate that they will have to file hundreds and sometimes thousands of new 1099s per year.”
The Johanns amendment is the only solution to the new 1099 burden, the coalition said. A competing amendment, by Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., would only complicate the compliance burden on small businesses, it said.
The Senate is scheduled to consider the Johanns amendment Sept. 14.
Members of the Coalition for Fairness in Tax Compliance represent a wide range of U.S. businesses. Besides TIA and SEMA, they include the Automotive Recyclers Association, the International Sleep Products Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.