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NRCA Action Alert: Support Form 1099 Repeal Amendment in Senate

On Tuesday, April 5, the Senate could vote to swiftly repeal the new Form 1099 requirement authorized by Congress in 2010 as part of the health care law. NRCA strongly supports 1099 repeal legislation and urges all members to contact their senators and urge them to vote for a 1099 repeal amendment by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) tomorrow.

The new health care law contains a massive expansion of Form 1099 reporting that will create a severe tax compliance and paperwork burden for small businesses. Beginning in 2012, the law requires businesses to send a Form 1099 for every business-to-business transaction of $600 or more for property and services. This means a small business will have to file two forms (one with the vendor, one with the Internal Revenue Service) for almost every business-to-business transaction and track down the Taxpayer Identification Numbers for every vendor. Small businesses lack the capability to track this information, and resources spent to comply will be diverted from efforts to grow businesses and create jobs.

The House recently passed H.R. 4, legislation to fully repeal the 1099 requirement, with a strong bipartisan vote. On April 5, the Senate will vote on an amendment by Johanns that is identical to H.R. 4. If the Johanns amendment receives 60 votes, it will be sent directly to President Obama to be signed into law. However, the Senate also will vote on an amendment by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) that requires further study of this issue and will delay 1099 repeal.

To ensure 1099 repeal without further delay, NRCA has urged senators to vote for the Johanns amendment and against the Menendez amendment. Now we need your help to let your senators know they must act now to repeal the onerous 1099 requirement.

Contact your senators and urge them to support the Johanns amendment because:
  • Passage of the Johanns amendment is the only way to ensure timely repeal of the onerous 1099 reporting provision.

  • Repeal of the 1099 requirement is needed immediately because businesses already are spending scarce resources needed to ensure compliance in 2012.

  • The sooner the 1099 requirement is repealed, the sooner small employers can start growing their business and creating new jobs.
You can contact your representative by clicking here to send an e-mail registering your support for 1099 repeal legislation. Sample text is provided, or you can add your concerns or the bullet points provided.

If you prefer to call your senator's office, you may do so by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, asking for the senator's office and telling the staff of your "strong support for the Johanns 1099 repeal amendment." You may wish to use the bullet points in your conversation with the lawmaker's staff.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Duane Musser in NRCA's Washington, D.C., office at (202) 546-7584 or dmusser@nrca.net.

All 47 Republican senators have publicly indicated they will support the Johanns amendment, so it is necessary that at least 13 Democratic senators support it to reach the 60-vote threshold needed for passage. Below is a target list of states with Democratic senators who should receive the most calls and e-mails in support of the Johanns amendment.

Alaska—Mark Begich
Calif.—Dianne Feinstein
Colo.—Mike Bennett
Colo.—Mark Udall
Ark.—Mark Pryor
Del.—Chris Coons
Fla.—Bill Nelson
La.–Mary Landrieu
Mass.—John Kerry
Md.—Ben Cardin
Mich.—Debbie Stabenow
Mont.—Max Baucus
Mont.—Jon Tester
Minn.—Amy Klobuchar
Mo.—Claire McCaskill
Neb.—Ben Nelson
N.H.—Jeanne Shaheen
N.J.—Bob Menendez
N.M.—Jeff Bingaman
N.M.—Tom Udall
N.C.—Kay Hagan
N.D.—Kent Conrad
Ohio—Sherrod Brown
Ore.—Ron Wyden
Pa.—Bob Casey
S.D.—Tim Johnson
Va.—Mark Warner
Va.—Jim Webb
Wash.—Maria Cantwell
Wis.—Herb Kohl
W.Va.—Joe Manchin
W.Va.—Jay Rockefeller

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