Demystifying the New IRS Rule on Ticket Reselling

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 – In my IRS news feed today, there was a deluge of articles – count them, 15 – all spotlighting a fresh IRS rule concerning the resale of concert and sporting event tickets. Normally, when you see a spike in stories around a particular IRS subject, it screams of a new revelation, report, or directive by the IRS. I did a bit of digging but found nothing new.

But, let’s cut through the fog – this isn’t groundbreaking news. I’ve been on this story for some time now. This tax-related stipulation was slipped into the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, amidst a maze of other budgetary components. It modifies the reporting standards of IRS Form 1099-K, a change that took some digging to unearth.

To bring you up to speed: In the past, Third-Party Settlement Organizations (TPSOs), think Ticketmaster and StubHub, were required to issue 1099-K reporting forms only to users raking in $20,000 in revenue AND logging more than 200 transactions. So, the paperwork was minimal. The new regulation mandates reporting for anyone pulling in over $600 in revenue, no matter the number of transactions, widening the net considerably.

This piece of regulation was scheduled to roll out in the 2022 tax year. But the IRS, seemingly playing it wise, put the brakes on it on December 23, 2022, right when the 2022 filing season was knocking on the door, labeling this delay a “transition period.”

Now, as the transition period wraps up, the new regulation is on deck for the 2023 tax year. There’s legislative maneuvering in progress to amend this rule. The Small Business Jobs Act is gunning to overturn the new rule and reinstate the old ones. Meanwhile, the Red Tape Reduction Act wants to boost the threshold to $10,000 in revenue and 50 transactions.

The final resting point of the threshold is yet to be seen. But what’s clear as day is that the IRS is poised to be swamped, seemingly unprepared for the impending avalanche of forms expected with any tweak to the current setup. It’s time to stay informed, be proactive, and always remember, in a world full of red tape and regulation, knowledge is your greatest ally and weapon.

Steven A. Leahy is a tax attorney in Illinois. He was the host of the long-running popular Radio Show “The IRS Radio Hour” heard every Sunday evening on AM 560 The Answer. Attorney Leahy is also the author of the book “Deal With Your IRS Problems Today!” You can get a FREE copy of this important book at Or Call 24/7 (312)664-6649

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