Venmo Tax Law - How Do Tax Laws Apply When Using Venmo?

How Do Tax Laws Apply When Using Venmo?

Venmo serves as a useful platform for sending, receiving, and requesting money. However, using Venmo for certain transactions might subject you to taxes. Fortunately, personal transactions made through this platform usually do not lead to tax obligations. You should know about the Venmo tax law if you use Venmo for business or accept business-related transactions.

If you’re unsure about how taxes apply to Venmo, this article will help. You will discover which transactions are taxable by the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and what you should know when preparing your tax return. Additionally, we’ll discuss some tax changes expected for Venmo and other payment apps in 2024 that you should be aware of.

What Is Venmo for Business?

What Is Venmo for Business

Venmo has launched Business Profiles, a feature that enables businesses to maintain a distinct profile for their financial activities. This service provides tools that assist with sales report generation, expense tracking, and customization of payment descriptions. This feature could be beneficial for businesses aiming to simplify their financial operations for straightforward tax reporting.

A key advantage of using Venmo for business is its convenience and speed. Customers can pay via the mobile app, which is especially beneficial for small businesses that do not use traditional sales systems. Additionally, Venmo’s transaction fees are lower compared to other payment methods.

For business transactions, a consistent fee of 1.9% plus an additional $0.10 per transaction is charged when payments are accepted via Venmo Business Profiles. This fee is the same regardless of the payment method used by the customer, including bank accounts, debit cards, or credit cards. Venmo also provides tailored pricing plans for larger businesses to help decrease these fees.

Besides its convenience and reduced fees, Venmo for business transactions also supports efficient record-keeping. The app creates a digital receipt for each transaction, accessible to both the business owner and the customer. This digital tracking eliminates the need for paper receipts and streamlines the bookkeeping process.

How Is Venmo Subject to Taxation?

As mentioned, when you receive payments through Venmo for business or for any business-related activities, you must report this income to the IRS and pay the necessary taxes. This requirement applies regardless of the payment method used—whether it’s by cash, check, direct deposit, credit card, or through any third-party app.

The ability of the IRS to track these payments is improving. This may mean additional responsibilities for you, particularly if you have previously maintained meticulous records.

The IRS previously demanded reports from users who received over 200 transactions or more than $20,000 annually through Venmo. Starting from the 2023 tax year, the rules have become stricter. Now, anyone earning more than $600 annually from goods or services via Venmo must report this income (Please note that Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, and Vermont have set a tax reporting threshold of $600 but In Illinois, the threshold is $1,000, provided there have been at least four separate business transactions). Here are several examples of Venmo transactions that could trigger reporting obligations and tax liabilities:

  • If you engage in part-time activities like dog walking or house cleaning, and clients pay you via Venmo or similar platforms.
  • If you own a business and sell items like T-shirts or crafts on Etsy, and you receive payments through third-party applications.
  • If you are a freelancer receiving payments through Venmo.
  • If you sell an item, such as a used couch, for more than its original purchase price, the payment is made to you through Venmo.

It’s important to remember that these tax reporting rules apply regardless of the method used to receive your payments. Income and profits must be reported to the IRS, and taxes must be paid on that money. The guidelines for reporting and tax obligations have been consistent over the years.

Another important thing to note is that these regulations are not exclusive to Venmo but apply to all payment platforms. Changing platforms will not exempt you from these tax obligations. To help users comply with these requirements, Venmo now provides a Form 1099-K to all eligible users, but you’ll need to provide your tax information to receive this form.

Venmo now provides a Form 1099-K

Venmo Tax Law: What Determines if a Payment Is Taxable on Venmo?

For users with a business account on Venmo, all payments are treated as business transactions. For tax purposes, these payments must be declared income, and Venmo’s business transaction fees apply.

But remember that not all money received through Venmo is automatically taxable for people with personal accounts. Users of Venmo have the option to designate payments as going toward “goods and services.” The transaction is subject to the exact costs that Venmo charges corporate and charity accounts, which are 1.9% of the transaction value plus an extra $0.10, and this classification offers purchasing protection for both parties.

The situation may become complex if you use a business account to receive personal payments, mainly if your account’s transactions were previously below the threshold for tax reporting. In such cases, you must clarify with the IRS that these personal payments are not business income.

Why and How Do You Get Tax Information from Venmo?

The IRS requires Venmo to verify tax details for users who receive business payments over a specific limit. Consequently, Venmo asks for your tax information to prepare a Form 1099-K. Without this information, Venmo must start backup withholding, which involves deducting 24% of your business payments to cover federal taxes. This deducted amount is then sent monthly to the IRS and is reported using Form 1099-MISC, among other tax documents.

Venmo will issue the necessary tax documents to both you and the IRS. Although you cannot get these withheld funds back, they are applicable as credits toward your federal tax liabilities. Backup withholding typically occurs if you fail to provide a valid taxpayer identification number, employer identification number, or Social Security number. To avoid this, ensure your tax ID is added to your Venmo account when you first set it up.

Be aware that Venmo might begin withholding taxes before your income hits $600, so it is wise to input your tax details soon after you create your account.

While you can receive these forms via mail, accessing them through the Venmo app is straightforward. Here’s how:

  • Launch the Venmo app.
  • Click on the “settings.”
  • Select the tax documents section.
  • Choose the relevant year to view any available documents.

Does Venmo Offer Additional Tax Documents?

Venmo must issue tax documents for transactions involving cryptocurrency sales, just as it does for stocks in relation to tax obligations. If you sell cryptocurrency through Venmo in 2023, you must report any capital gains or losses from these transactions on your tax return. Venmo provides a Gains and Losses Statement to users who have sold cryptocurrency, which assists in preparing your tax filings.

The documentation from Venmo will detail your cryptocurrency transactions, aiding in identifying any tax obligations from capital gains. This is in compliance with IRS rules, which have been updated to address the growing use and significance of cryptocurrencies in financial transactions. The IRS mandates that all transactions involving digital assets be reported, underscoring the necessity of accurate documentation for all sales, exchanges, or disposals of digital assets that could result in capital gains or losses.

Tips to Manage Tax Obligations When Using Venmo

When you receive payments for services or sell items at a profit through Venmo, these transactions are considered taxable income. It’s important to report this income on your tax returns, even if you don’t receive a Form 1099-K. Always consult a tax professional to clarify any doubts about your tax responsibilities.

Using a different payment app does not exempt you from these tax obligations. Payment platforms like Stripe, Square, and PayPal have similar regulations. You must report any earnings and pay the necessary taxes, whether or not you receive a 1099-K.

You might sometimes receive a tax form for a Venmo transaction that shouldn’t be taxable. To prevent this, ensure that personal payments received for gifts or reimbursements are not mislabeled as “goods and services.” If such transactions exceed $5,000 in a year, you could receive a 1099-K and incur unnecessary fees. If this mislabeling happens, ask the sender to request a correction from Venmo.

These are generally not taxable if you sell personal items for less than your purchase price. For instance, if your total sales are below $20,000 in 2023, you will not receive a 1099-K, but the threshold lowers to $5,000 in 2024 as new regulations take effect.

Receiving a 1099-K does not automatically mean you owe taxes. For example, if you sell a car you bought for $30,000 for $23,000, you can report the loss on your tax return, which may exempt you from tax liability on that transaction. Keeping thorough records of your original purchase prices is crucial. Consult a tax adviser to ensure you handle these situations correctly and avoid unnecessary taxes.

What Are Some Other Things to Consider?

If you are self-employed, a contractor, or a freelancer, the company paying you must submit a 1099-NEC Form to the IRS and give you a copy. This form reports payments made to individuals who are not employees, covering all payment methods, including digital platforms like Venmo and traditional methods like cash. Likewise, if you employ contractors or freelancers, you are responsible for issuing them a 1099-NEC Form.

The IRS views payments made through Venmo in the same way as those made with cash. As a result, business owners should keep detailed records like receipts, invoices, or expense reports to confirm the business purpose of these payments.

For instance, if you use Venmo to pay for office cleaning services, you should retain an invoice or receipt that specifies the payment amount and the service performed.


Using Venmo for business transactions comes with specific tax obligations. Personal payments are generally not taxable, but business-related transactions must be reported to the IRS. Venmo’s Business Profiles can help simplify financial tracking and reporting. The IRS has become more stringent, requiring users to report income over $600 annually.

Accurate record-keeping and timely provision of tax information to Venmo are crucial to avoid penalties and ensure compliance. Additionally, understanding the tax implications of all transactions, including cryptocurrency sales, is essential. You should consult a tax professional for personalized advice to navigate these requirements effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What triggers the need for tax reporting when using Venmo?

    For 2023, report payments for goods and services if they exceed $20,000 and over 200 transactions. In 2024, this threshold changes to $600, regardless of the number of transactions.

  2. What should I do if I exceed the reporting threshold on Venmo?

    If you exceed the IRS reporting thresholds, Venmo will provide you with Form 1099-K. Include this form in your tax filings. Venmo makes these forms available through the app around January 31st each year.

  3. What happens if I do not provide my Tax Identification Number (TIN) to Venmo?

    If you don’t provide your TIN, Venmo may withhold 24% of your payments for goods and services as backup withholding for the IRS. Update your TIN in the Venmo app to avoid this.

  4. Are there different state thresholds for Venmo tax reporting?

    Yes, states like Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, and Vermont have a $600 threshold, while Illinois has a $1,000 threshold with a minimum number of transactions. Exceeding these thresholds means you must report income, even if federal criteria aren’t met.

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