Tax Rules for Handling Large Cash Payments

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding businesses of their responsibility to file Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000, and encourages e-filing to help them file accurate, complete forms.

Although many cash transactions are legitimate, information reported on Form 8300 can help stop those who evade taxes, profit from drug trading, engage in terrorist financing and conduct other criminal activities. The government can often trace money from these illegal activities through payments reported on complete, accurate forms.

Also, the IRS encourages businesses to electronically file completed forms. Although they have the option of filing Form 8300 on paper, electronic filing is more accurate and reduces the need for follow-up correspondence with the IRS.

Many businesses have already found the free and secure e-filing system is a more convenient and cost-effective way to meet the reporting deadline of 15 days after a transaction. They get free, automatic acknowledgment of receipt when they file. And businesses can batch file their reports, which is especially helpful to those required to file many forms.

To file Form 8300 electronically, a business must set up an account with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s BSA E-Filing System. For more information, contact us and we’ll help you take the next steps.

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