The Form 8300 Reporting Requirement & Penalties

The Form 8300 Reporting Requirement & Penalties

Form 8300

Any US Person that operates a business and is subject to US Tax and Reporting — especially international entity reporting — will tell you that Internal Revenue Service has seemingly developed an endless array of IRS domestic and international reporting forms that taxpayers have to file in order to stay in compliance. One of the most common forms that a business may have to file is Form 8300 (Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business). One of the reasons why this Form is so important for business owners, is because the failure to be in compliance with the proper reporting can lead to extensive fines and penalties. On several occasions, we have been contacted by taxpayers who were surprised by IRS Agents conducting a Business and Form 8300 Audit. Let’s go through the basics of the form and the potential penalties for noncompliance.

What is Form 8300?

The concept of Form 8300 is for the US Government to track cash payments transacted and received. The IRS is aware that when Taxpayers and Businesses operate in cash may sometimes miss reporting the cash as income (intentional or inadvertent). Therefore, Form 8300 was developed to facilitate the reporting of cash transactions. The following is a summary of the form requirements:

Part I Identity of Individual From Whom the Cash Was Received

      • If more than one individual is involved, check here and see instructions

      • Last name

      • First name

      • M.I. 

      • Taxpayer identification number

      • Address (number, street, and apt. or suite no.

      • City 

      • State

      • ZIP code 1

      • Country

      • Occupation, profession, or business 14 Identifying document (ID)

      • Describe ID

      • Issued by

      • Number 

Part II Person on Whose Behalf This Transaction Was Conducted

      • If this transaction was conducted on behalf of more than one person, check here and see instructions

      • Individual’s last name or organization’s name

      • First name

      • M.I. 

      • Taxpayer identification number 

      • Doing business as (DBA) name (see instructions) Employer identification number

      • Address (number, street, and apt. or suite no.) 

      • Occupation, profession, or business

      • City 

      • State

      • ZIP code 

      • Country (if not U.S.)

      • Alien identification (ID) 

Part III Description of Transaction and Method of Payment

      • Date cash received

      • Total cash received

      • If cash was received in more than one payment, check here

      • Total price if different from item

      • Amount of cash received (in U.S. dollar equivalent) (must equal item 29)

          • U.S. currency

          • Foreign currency

          • Cashier’s check(s) 

          • Money order(s)

          • Bank draft(s)

          • Traveler’s check(s) 

      • Type of transaction

      • Personal property purchased

      • Real property purchased

      • Personal services provided

      • Business services provided

      • Intangible property purchased

      • Debt obligations paid

      • Exchange of cash

      • Escrow or trust funds

      • Bail received by court clerks

      • j Other 

Part IV Business That Received Cash

      • Name of business that received cash

      • Employer identification number

      • Address (number, street, and apt. or suite no.) Social security number 

      • City

      • State

      • ZIP code

      • Nature of your business

        • Under penalties of perjury, I declare that to the best of my knowledge the information I have furnished above is true, correct, and complete. 

Here is the Form 8300 Instructions reproduced:

Who Must File Form 8300

      • Each person engaged in a trade or business who, in the course of that trade or business, receives more than $10,000 in cash in one transaction or in two or more related transactions, must file Form 8300. Any transactions conducted between a payer (or its agent) and the recipient in a 24-hour period are related transactions.

      • Transactions are considered related even if they occur over a period of more than 24 hours if the recipient knows, or has reason to know, that each transaction is one of a series of connected transactions.

Voluntary use of Form 8300

      • Form 8300 may be filed voluntarily for any suspicious transaction (see Definitions, later) for use by FinCEN and the IRS, even if the total amount does not exceed $10,000.

When to file.

      • File Form 8300 by the 15th day after the date the cash was received. If that date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, file the form on the next business day.

Where to file.

      • File the form with the Internal Revenue Service, Detroit Computing Center, P.O. Box 32621, Detroit, Ml 48232 

Statement to be provided.

      • You must give a written or electronic statement to each person named on a required Form 8300 on or before January 31 of the year following the calendar year in which the cash is received. The statement must show the name, telephone number, and address of the information contact for the business, the aggregate amount of reportable cash received, and that the information was furnished to the IRS. Keep a copy of the statement for your records

Multiple payments.

      • If you receive more than one cash payment for a single transaction or for related transactions, you must report the multiple payments any time you receive a total amount that exceeds $10,000 within any 12-month period. Submit the report within 15 days of the date you receive the payment that causes the total amount to exceed $10,000.
      • If more than one report is required within 15 days, you may file a combined report. File the combined report no later than the date the earliest report, if filed separately, would have to be filed.

Form 8300 Penalties

      • You may be subject to penalties if you fail to file a correct and complete Form 8300 on time and you cannot show that the failure was due to reasonable cause. You may also be subject to penalties if you fail to furnish timely a correct and complete statement to each person named in a required report. A minimum penalty of $25,000 may be imposed if the failure is due to an intentional or willful disregard of the cash reporting requirements.
      • Penalties may also be imposed for causing, or attempting to cause, a trade or business to fail to file a required report; for causing, or attempting to cause, a trade or business to file a required report containing a material omission or misstatement of fact; or for structuring, or attempting to structure, transactions to avoid the reporting requirements. These violations may also be subject to criminal prosecution which, upon conviction, may result in imprisonment of up to 5 years or fines of up to $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for corporations or both.

Key Form 8300 Definitions

Cash. The term “cash” means the following.

      • U.S. and foreign coin and currency received in any transaction; or • A cashier’s check, money order, bank draft, or traveler’s check having a face amount of $10,000 or less that is received in a designated reporting transaction (defined below), or that is received in any transaction in which the recipient knows that the instrument is being used in an attempt to avoid the reporting of the transaction under either section 6050I or 31 U.S.C. 5331. Note. Cash does not include a check drawn on the payer’s own account, such as a personal check, regardless of the amount.

Designated reporting transaction.

A retail sale (or the receipt of funds by a broker or other intermediary in connection with a retail sale) of a consumer durable, a collectible, or a travel or entertainment activity.

Retail sale.

Any sale (whether or not the sale is for resale or for any other purpose) made in the course of a trade or business if that trade or business principally consists of making sales to ultimate consumers.

Consumer durable.

An item of tangible personal property of a type that, under ordinary usage, can reasonably be expected to remain useful for at least 1 year, and that has a sales price of more than $10,000.


Any work of art, rug, antique, metal, gem, stamp, coin, etc.

Travel or entertainment activity.

An item of travel or entertainment that pertains to a single trip or event if the combined sales price of the item and all other items relating to the same trip or event that are sold in the same transaction (or related transactions) exceeds $10,000.


A cashier’s check, money order, bank draft, or traveler’s check is not considered received in a designated reporting transaction if it constitutes the proceeds of a bank loan or if it is received as a payment on certain promissory notes, installment sales contracts, or down payment plans. See Publication 1544 for more information.


An individual, corporation, partnership, trust, estate, association, or company.


The person receiving the cash. Each branch or other unit of a person’s trade or business is considered a separate recipient unless the branch receiving the cash (or a central office linking the branches), knows or has reason to know the identity of payers making cash payments to other branches.


Includes the purchase of property or services, the payment of debt, the exchange of cash for a negotiable instrument, and the receipt of cash to be held in escrow or trust. A single transaction may not be broken into multiple transactions to avoid reporting.

Suspicious transaction.

A suspicious transaction is a transaction in which it appears that a person is attempting to cause Form 8300 not to be filed, or to file a false or incomplete form.

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