Tax Tip on Reporting Cash Payments

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Have you received a cash transaction of over $10,000? If so, it's important to remember to file Form 8300 with the Internal Revenue Service. Whether you are an individual, company, corporation, partnership, association, trust or estate, Federal Law requires that transactions over $10,000 be reported within 15 days of when the payment was received.

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How to report

People report the payment by filing Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business (PDF).

A person can file Form 8300 electronically using the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s BSA E-Filing System. E-filing is free, quick and secure. Filers will receive an electronic acknowledgement of each form they file. Those who prefer to mail Form 8300 can send it to the IRS at the address listed on the form.

What’s cash

Cash includes coins and currency of the United States or any foreign country. For some transactions (PDF), it’s also a cashier’s check, bank draft, traveler’s check or money order with a face amount of $10,000 or less.

A person must report cash of more than $10,000 they received:

  • In one lump sum
  • In two or more related payments within 24 hours
  • As part of a single transaction within 12 months
  • As part of two or more related transactions within 12 months

When to file

A person must file Form 8300 within 15 days after the date they received the cash. If they receive payments toward a single transaction or two or more related transactions, they file when the total amount paid exceeds $10,000.