The Internal Revenue Service has a multitude of forms, many of which the average taxpayer will never need to learn about filing. IRS Form 8300 is a good example, as it applies to large cash business transactions, which is something your ordinary American does not deal with daily.
Nonetheless, if you are a trade or business that receives $10,000 or more in a single cash transaction then you must file IRS Form 8300.
IRS Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments, is an official documentation from the Internal Revenue Service that helps you manage large cash transactions. If you are a small business owner or trade that deals with large transactions (namely cash) then you must stay on top of your accounting.
Learn more about why IRS Form 8300 is necessary as well as how to submit the document to the U.S. government. Small business owners that would like more assistance with their taxes should not hesitate to reach out to Levy & Associates. Our dedicated and hard-working team of tax professionals has represented small business owners in many aspects of accounting and tax filing since the 1960s.
What Is the Purpose of IRS Form 8300?
IRS Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments, only applies to substantial business or trade transactions that involve cash. For this reason, most taxpayers do not need to file IRS Form 8300 each year.
However, if you operate a small business or trade that deals with large transactions, namely cash advances that equal more than $10,000 (in a single transaction), then you must file IRS Form 8300.
IRS Form 8300 provides important information to the Internal Revenue Service as well as the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). One of the purposes of FinCEN and the IRS is to regulate money laundering which is why large sums of cash must be reported to the U.S. government.
Money laundering is a serious crime in the United States. It specifically targets “legitimate” operations that conceal an illegal activity (i.e., drug dealing) by funneling its profits (generally large sums of cash) through another enterprise.
Thus, to combat money laundering in the United States, the IRS setup Form 8300 as a method for tracking large sums of cash that flow into business enterprises.
Does Form 8300 Trigger an Audit?
The “person” that must file IRS Form 8300 may include an individual, company, corporation, partnership, association, trust, or estate. IRS Form 8300 is mandatory if the cash transaction is more than $10,000 and occurs within any of the 50 states. The legal protection also extends to the District of Columbia or U.S. territory (Guam, Puerto Rico, etc.).
IRS Form 8300 is due two weeks (technically on the 15th day) after the official date of the cash transaction. It is extremely important that you follow all directions and submit the form correctly. In most situations, the business or trade receiving the cash transaction must also provide a written statement to each party included in Form 8300.
The statement includes the name, address, and contact information of your business and the aggregate amount of reportable cash. The IRS also makes it mandatory that you indicate on this statement that you provided all the information to the agency in advance.
Since IRS Form 8300 revolves around noteworthy cash transactions of $10,000 or more, the Internal Revenue Service takes the documentation very seriously to combat money laundering. Therefore, IRS Form 8300 may trigger an audit though it is not a given.
You can avoid civil or criminal penalties by making sure you file IRS Form 8300 correctly and within the deadline. The most common mistake is for the business or trade to forget to submit a written statement along with IRS Form 8300, which generally triggers an audit. As a result, we suggest meeting with a tax professional before you file IRS Form 8300.
What Happens When You Deposit Over $10,000?
It is important that you learn about IRS Form 8300 and submit it correctly if you regularly deal with large cash transactions. The IRS requires businesses and trade organizations to report large cash transactions that are more than $10,000 utilizing Form 8300.
It is a grave mistake to ignore or neglect IRS Form 8300, as doing so may connect you to civil or criminal implications. The IRS primarily utilizes Form 8300 to combat money laundering so failing to file this important piece of documentation could lead to questions or some serious allegations.
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