A provision of the health care reform legislation that requires businesses and nonprofits to file 1099 forms with the IRS for all payments of $600 or more to a single vendor has been debated since its passage, with businesses and trade groups calling for its repeal.
Two different attempts to do that Tuesday, in the form of amendments to the small business relief bill that passed the Senate, were defeated.
The Johanns amendment (SA 4596), proposed by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., would have repealed the requirement altogether, but would have paid for the lost revenue the requirement would have generated by gutting the Prevention and Public Health Fund, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It failed.
The Nelson amendment (SA 4595), proposed by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., sought to increase the requirement floor from $600 to $5,000, and reduce tax subsidies and loopholes for oil companies to pay for the measure. It, too, failed.