What’s inside the Treasury’s proposal to track nearly all bank accounts



The Treasury proposal would have banks report “gross inflows and outflows with a breakdown for physical cash, transactions with a foreign account, and transfers to and from another account with the same owner.” Banks already report interest income over $10 on Form 1099-INT; this proposal would add a few lines to that tax document.

Treasury officials have said that fears of stepped-up audits are unfounded, and the administration has pledged not to increase audits on people earning under $400,000 a year, but focus enforcement “on higher earners who do not fully report their tax liabilities.”

Officials emphasize the IRS would not learn about individual spending patterns — only total money going in or out.

“The proposal involves no reporting of individual transactions of any individual,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told CBS Evening News’ Norah O’Donnell. “If somebody reports an income of $10,000 and they had 3 million [dollars] go out of their checking account, that tells the IRS that’s an individual you might audit.”


Publication Date: 13 Oct 2021

Publication Site: CBS News