The IRS uses third-party information reporting on forms in the 1099 series to increase voluntary compliance and improve collections. Beginning in 2011, legislation requires reporting of income in two areas: payment card (credit, debit and certain electronic transactions) and securities basis reporting.
If you receive a letter or notice from the IRS, it will explain the reasons for the correspondence and provide instructions. The notice you receive covers a very specific issue about your account or tax return. Generally, the IRS will send a notice if it believes you owe additional tax or are due a larger refund, or if there is a question about your tax return.
What do I do with the Form 1099-K?
Form 1099-K is an information return that reports payment card and third party network transactions. You should retain it for your records and use it to assist you in completing your tax return. Refer to Publication 583, Starting a Business and Keeping Records, for more detailed information and assistance regarding proper record keeping.