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Accounting Treatment for 1099-K that Includes Sales Tax

Level 3


I have a client with a 1099-K that includes sales taxes collected. Should Line 1 (gross receipts or sales) on my client's business return match the 1099-K or should I subtract the sales tax from the 1099-K to get to the client's true sales amount?

I have seen two different answers to the same question regarding how businesses should handle sales taxes collected and paid to the State. One answer recommended that we not include the sales tax we collect in our gross receipts even though it shows up on the 1099-K. The other response recommended that we should include sales tax in the gross income to match the amount on the 1099-K and then list the sales tax amount under the Tax & License expense category. Which is the correct way to proceed: not including sales tax collected in the gross income figure or including sales tax collected in gross income but also listing the amount collected & paid in the Tax & License Expenses category? Are there any articles or instructions from the IRS about this?

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Level 15
Level 15

If the sales tax collected is included in the gross, then include the sales tax paid as an expense.

Level 15

In most cases it isn't a big deal, but according the the Schedule C Instructions for line 23 (taxes):


You can deduct the following taxes and licenses on this line.

State and local sales taxes imposed on you as the seller of goods or services. If you collected this tax from the buyer, you must also include the amount collected in gross receipts or sales on line 1.


Do not deduct the following.

State and local sales taxes imposed on the buyer that you were required to collect and pay over to state or local governments. These taxes are not included in gross receipts or sales nor are they a deductible expense. However, if the state or local government allowed you to retain any part of the sales tax you collected, you must include that amount as income on line 6.


I'm not sure about other states, but my state imposes it on the buyer, then the seller collects it and pays it over to the state.  That means they would NOT put it on Line 1 or deduct it as an expense.




Level 15

I agree with Bill.

How much does this matter here?

A taxpayer reports all of their Gross Income. I find it hard to believe that the only income earned is on this one 1099-K. 

Level 8

If included in gross receipts, deduct as sales tax expense. 1099K's are more recent than most other tax rules. Document your entry.

Level 3

I have the same scenario, and my client has less than $10K in cash/checks while having $176K in a 1099; most sales are web related. The sales tax exceeds $13K so I'm not sure how to handle this.

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