Action Alert

As negotiations around the $3.5 trillion infrastructure package heat up, the White House has proposed a new IRS reporting provision that requires financial institutions to report additional detailed account holder information. Specifically, language remains in place that would require credit unions and other financial institutions to report to the IRS all business and personal account deposits and withdrawals with a balance of more than $600. It should be noted that the $600 de minimums exemption is deliberately set so low in order to require financial information from nearly every account held in American depository institutions.

Cornerstone League does not support this additional reporting requirement. This would dramatically increase the regulatory burden for credit unions, undermine the privacy of consumers, and trigger significant data security concerns.

All financial institutions currently report to the IRS information related to actual taxable events for members and customers, interest earned or mortgage interest paid, for example. This new proposal would result in banks and credit unions turning over to the IRS sensitive account details that do not constitute taxable events. This would leave the IRS with a massive trove of personal financial data that would be used in a manner that is not detailed in the proposal and leaves the data vulnerable to a cyber-attack.

The IRS Reporting Requirement may be included in the upcoming Ways and Means Markup, unofficially scheduled for September 9, 10, 13 & 14. If we are to succeed in removing or modifying this reporting provision, we need to deliver a loud message and that’s where you can help.

Action Needed:
Please reject the inclusion of new IRS reporting provisions in the infrastructure reconciliation bill. Over the next several days we want to keep the "grassroots" pressure on. Credit union CEOs, staff, and volunteers: Please visit CUNA’s action alert website and send a message to oppose this provision.

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