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What are the US tax reporting requirements for 2023?

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Depending on where you’re located and how much you’ve sold on Reverb, you may be required to receive a Form 1099-K from Reverb for your 2023 sales. Based on federal IRS thresholds, Reverb is required to issue a Form 1099-K to you and the IRS if both of the following are true:

  • You had more than $20,000 USD in sales through Reverb Payments in 2023.
  • You had more than 200 or more transactions in 2023.

Some states have different requirements. You’ll receive a Form 1099-K if you met your state’s threshold in 2023.

Here’s what you need to know

  • If you hit the above threshold in sales on Reverb in 2023, we’ll reach out to collect your tax identification information. You have the option to add this information to your account here at any point prior to hitting the threshold, but you will be required to provide it once you reach $20,000 or more in sales with 200 or more transactions.
  • This information is needed to issue you a Form 1099-K and will help you file your taxes for sales made in 2023. If you hit the threshold and don’t provide this information, your payouts may be temporarily put on hold until you enter your tax information.
  • After you’ve provided your tax information, we’ll reach out with any next steps.
View individual state thresholds
  • Arkansas: $2,500
  • District of Columbia: $600
  • Illinois: $1,000 and 4 transactions
  • Maryland: $600
  • Massachusetts: $600
  • New Jersey: $1,000
  • Vermont: $600
  • Virginia: $600

Receiving a 1099-K doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll pay income tax on your Reverb sales. If you have questions about your taxable income, it’s best to work with a tax professional.

How we’re advocating for change in this law

This $600 tax reporting threshold was originally meant to go into effect on January 1, 2022, but in December 2022, the IRS announced a one-year delay of the new threshold.

In late 2023, the IRS once again announced a one-year delay of the $600 1099-K reporting threshold, meaning that for the 2023 tax year you’ll only receive a Form 1099-K if you exceeded the previous federal threshold of $20,000 in sales and 200 transactions or you live in a state with a lower reporting threshold. Better yet, the IRS is now planning to phase in a higher threshold of $5,000 in 2024.

This delay was the result of advocacy by Reverb and other leading online marketplaces, who launched The Coalition for 1099-K Fairness to encourage Congress to raise the $600 reporting threshold. More than a thousand Reverb sellers shared their stories about the benefits of reselling used gear on Reverb—and those stories helped policymakers see how this reporting threshold disproportionately burdens casual sellers. Help us continue to advocate for permanent change to 1099-K legislation by sending a letter to your Congressperson.

Thank you for your support.

FAQs and additional resources

While we can’t give you specific advice, we have compiled FAQs and additional info below to help you make sense of these reporting requirements. You can also reference the IRS website for the most up-to-date information.

What is a Form 1099-K?

A Form 1099-K reports payments you’ve received through a third party to the IRS. Since Reverb processes payments for US sellers through Reverb Payments, we’re required by law to send out a 1099-K tax form to sellers who meet federal or state thresholds.

The Form 1099-K from Reverb reports the unadjusted gross sales you received through Reverb Payments during the last calendar year. Unadjusted gross sales includes:

  • Sales
  • Shipping
  • Refunds
  • Selling fees
  • Bump fees
  • Credit card fees

Note that there may be other fees in addition to those listed above in Reverb’s 1099-K calculations. Reverb’s 1099-K amount excludes Marketplace Facilitator Taxes remitted by Reverb on behalf of sellers. Reverb fees and any refunded orders do not reduce your total sales for the year.

Note that you only pay taxes on your taxable income. Each Reverber will have to look at all their transactions both on and off platform in a given year to determine their taxable income, and should consult a tax advisor with any questions. Visit the IRS website for more info on understanding your form 1099-K and instructions for Form 1099-K.

What if I meet both the federal IRS and state threshold?

Reverb will only send one Form 1099-K per shop if you qualify on both state and IRS requirements. The information you provide will be reported to both the IRS and the state tax authorities.

What happened to the $600 reporting threshold for 2023?

This $600 tax reporting threshold was originally meant to go into effect on January 1, 2022, but in December 2022, the IRS announced a one-year delay of the new threshold.

In late 2023, the IRS once again announced a one-year delay of the $600 1099-K reporting threshold, meaning that for the 2023 tax year you’ll only receive a Form 1099-K if you exceeded the previous federal threshold of $20,000 in sales and 200 transactions or you live in a state with a lower reporting threshold. Better yet, the IRS is now planning to phase in a higher threshold of $5,000 in 2024.

What happens if I don’t provide my tax information to Reverb?

If you hit the federal threshold and don’t provide this information, your payouts will be temporarily put on hold until you enter your tax information.

If I’m not a US-based seller, does this apply to me?

If you’re not a US seller, you won’t receive a 1099-K from Reverb. If you aren’t located in the US but you are paid in USD, we will need a Form W-8 BEN on file to remove you from the 1099-K obligation. Reach out to 1099taxreporting@reverb.com for more information.

What’s the difference between providing a Social Security number or an employer identification number?

If you’re a sole proprietor—meaning you did not make a sale through a business entity that is a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company—you will use your Social Security number for tax filing and reporting. Otherwise, you need a federal employer identification number (EIN) to pay taxes as a business. You can apply for an EIN from the IRS.

Why is Reverb sending me a 1099-K?

Reverb is required by law to report your payments to the IRS and/or your state via a Form 1099-K if you meet the federal or state thresholds outlined above.

Will I need to fill out a 1099-K each year?

No, once you submit your information and it’s verified by the IRS, you will not need to submit your information again. The only time you’ll need to update it is if your personal information—such as your address—changes. For changes to your information, head to your Tax ID page in your Reverb account or learn more.

How can I keep track of what I’ve paid for gear on Reverb?

You can view your past Reverb purchases in your buyer dashboard. Adding gear you’ve purchased to your Collection is another great way to keep track of what you own—including how much you originally paid—even when your gear was not purchased on Reverb.

Is my information secure?

Reverb uses industry standard security and encryption technologies to ensure your personal information stays secure and private. Specifically, Reverb uses a widely adopted security protocol called Transport Layer Security (TLS) and encrypts sensitive info using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)-256.

What happens if I don’t fill out the Form 1099-K?

If you don’t fill out your information accurately and promptly, Reverb may be required to withhold taxes from your future payouts to account for potential tax liabilities.

Will I have to pay taxes on my Reverb sales?

Receiving a 1099-K from Reverb doesn't necessarily mean you'll have to pay income tax on what you've sold. Please talk to your tax advisor for your shop’s specific circumstances and clarification on what to report on your year end filing.

While the IRS isn’t requiring third party organizations like Reverb to report income at the new $600 threshold for sales made in 2023, the legal requirement for reporting income has not changed. Whether or not a taxpayer receives a Form 1099-K or other information return, the taxpayer is still responsible for accurately reporting all income. For more information, read the IRS's Form 1099-K FAQ.

Does this impact both new and used gear sales?

The requirements listed above are the same whether the threshold is met selling new or used gear.

What if I have more than one Reverb shop?

Each shop, even if it is under the same Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) —be it social security number or Employer Identification Number (EIN)— is issued an individual 1099-K for their shop’s activity. We’re unable to combine shop activity at this time.

What if I have additional questions?

If you have questions about Reverb’s policies, you can view our updated Terms of Use and Payment Terms. If you have additional questions, we recommend consulting a tax professional. 

We’ve also compiled a few additional resources you might find useful: 

Tax laws change frequently, and the information above is not tax or legal advice. You're responsible for any use of this information. Please consult a tax professional if you have any questions.
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