Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Budget reconciliation package likely to include IRS reporting provision

The American Bankers Association reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Tuesday that Democrats plan to include a controversial tax reporting provision in their budget reconciliation package to require banks to report information to the IRS on gross inflows and outflows on customer accounts above a certain de minimis threshold.

Pelosi did not specify what the threshold would be, though Democrats have eyed a $10,000 threshold in recent days, up from the $600 threshold originally proposed by the Biden administration. Despite the Pelosi’s remarks, House Democrats have not yet agreed on the details of a final reconciliation package, and no vote has been scheduled at this time. Any final version will have to also clear the U.S. Senate, where some Democrats are pushing for a smaller package.

The ABA, as well as the OBA, has opposed the tax reporting proposal at any dollar threshold, calling it “bad tax policy” and urging lawmakers to reject it from any future legislation.