The Zweig Letter Reports Growing Disfavor for Looming 1099 Avalanche

Feb 02, 2011

Press Release: February 2 , 2011 FAYETTEVILLE, AR — Firms in the architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting sphere are joining the national chorus of opposition to a provision that would significantly boost tax-reporting requirements, adding an undue burden on smaller businesses. The rule — included in the national health care overhaul — would require businesses to submit a 1099 form to the Internal Revenue Service for any purchases over $600, starting in 2012. While efforts mount in Washington, D.C., to repeal the rule, those in the A/E/P and environmental consulting fields also are speaking out, according to a report in the Jan. 31 edition of The Zweig Letter, a weekly management journal published by ZweigWhite ( “Instead of preparing a couple of dozen 1099s to individual practitioners and landlords, we will now have to prepare hundreds,” says Candace Macomber Tobin, chief financial officer with Cambridge Systematics, Inc., a transportation consulting engineering firm in Cambridge, Mass. Tobin hopes that at least one aspect of the new rule requiring that firms reconcile the 1099s they receive gets thrown out. The IRS wants to use that requirement to identify under-reported income, and firms will need to ensure that there are no material misstatements. “We are cautiously optimistic that this portion of the bill will be repealed, but we are working diligently to ensure our vendor records are accurate, just in case,” she says. Larry Van Horn, senior vice president and CFO with GLMVArchitecture in Wichita, Kan., said the legislation was extremely poor in intent and method and not well thought out. “We have an executive branch of our federal government that has a poor understanding and opinion of business, as well as economics, and think they correct all the ills by law,” he says. “We have the laws, we just need to enforce them. President Obama and very few of his advisors have ever worked in business and have no concept of their actions’ effects on business.” The Zweig Letter will be keeping a close tab on this issue for A/E/P and environmental consultants in the months to come. ABOUT ZWEIGWHITE: ZweigWhite is the nation's leader in enhancing business performance for architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms. The ZweigWhite team consists of experts in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, business valuation, ownership transition, human resources management, finance, marketing, market research, project management and project delivery methods who collectively produce a comprehensive suite of products and services, including advisory, consulting, newsletters, industry reports, executive training, business conferences, and more covering virtually every aspect of firm management. The firm is headquartered in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with additional offices in, Chicago, IL, Durham, NC, and Natick, MA. The ownership of ZweigWhite are investors Eli Global, BIA Digital Partners and MZ Ventures, Inc., with management including Mark Zweig and Ed Friedrichs. For more information contact Sonya Stout at 479.582.5700, or ###

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