Are Wire Transfers Over $10,000 Reported to the IRS? A Guide to Understanding the Law

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If you’re sending or receiving a large sum of money via wire transfer, you may be wondering whether it will be reported to the IRS. The answer is yes – in certain circumstances. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the laws surrounding wire transfers and when they must be reported to the IRS.

What is the law regarding wire transfers and the IRS?

Under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) of 1970, financial institutions are required to report certain transactions to the IRS. This includes wire transfers over $10,000, which are subject to reporting under the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act (31 U.S.C. 5311 et seq.).

Financial institutions must file a Currency Transaction Report (CTR) for any transaction over $10,000. The CTR includes information about the person initiating the transaction, the recipient, and the nature of the transaction. The purpose of this requirement is to prevent money laundering and other criminal activity.

What are the exceptions to the $10,000 reporting requirement?

While the general rule is that wire transfers over $10,000 must be reported to the IRS, there are some exceptions to this requirement. These include:

  • Transactions that are conducted by financial institutions on behalf of the US government
  • Transactions that are conducted between financial institutions
  • Transactions that are conducted with certain exempt entities, such as charitable organizations and political campaigns


What happens if a wire transfer is not reported to the IRS?

If a financial institution fails to report a wire transfer over $10,000, they can face significant penalties. The penalty for a single violation can range from $25,000 to $100,000, depending on the severity of the violation.

In addition to penalties for the financial institution, individuals who intentionally fail to report transactions over $10,000 can also face fines and criminal charges. The penalties for non-compliance can include:

  • A civil penalty of up to $25,000 per violation
  • A criminal penalty of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000


Tips for compliance with wire transfer reporting requirements

To ensure compliance with the wire transfer reporting requirements, consider the following tips:

  • Keep accurate records: Maintain accurate records of all wire transfers, including the date, amount, and recipient information.
  • Train employees: Ensure that all employees who handle wire transfers are aware of the reporting requirements and understand the importance of compliance.
  • Use reputable financial institutions: Work with reputable financial institutions, like Veem, that have a track record of compliance with reporting requirements.
  • Seek professional advice: If you have any questions or concerns about wire transfer reporting requirements, seek professional advice from a tax professional or attorney.


How to find a reputable financial institution

When choosing a safe and reliable payment solution for business payments, it’s important to consider compliance and regulation standards to ensure that the payment solution is secure and trustworthy. Here are some common compliance and regulation standards to look for:

  • PCI DSS: The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards established by major credit card companies to protect against fraud and ensure the security of cardholder data.
  • AML/KYC: Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations are designed to prevent financial institutions from being used for illegal activities such as money laundering and terrorist financing.
  • GDPR: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union regulation that sets rules for the processing and protection of personal data.
  • PSD2: The Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is a European Union regulation that aims to increase competition and improve security in the payment industry.
  • SOC 2: Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 is a set of auditing standards developed by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) that assesses the security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy of a service provider.

Veem offers transaction protection at every step of the way, starting with advanced authentication and KYC processes to validate users identities, all the way up to fraud protection through recurring risk checks and regular platform monitoring.

You and your clients can rest easy knowing that Veem has established security controls required under SOC2, PCI-DSS and follows strict information security policies throughout our verified network and multi-factor authentication. Read more about our security here.


In summary, wire transfers over $10,000 are subject to reporting requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act. Financial institutions must file a Currency Transaction Report for any transaction over $10,000, and failure to comply with these requirements can result in significant penalties. By understanding the law and taking steps to ensure compliance, you can avoid penalties and ensure the integrity of the financial system.

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