Looks like the IRS and I will be having a little chat this week. Image
I finally got home and looked at it. The money I got from Patreon (to pay taxes) was put into Paypal to pay the taxes, and the IRS is claiming that the money I got from Patreon was never reported. (It was reported, but as Paypal, not Patreon).
I mention this in detail in case other people who have Patreon income get hit with something like this; you are not alone.
Long time ago on my podcast (which I started to pay taxes!) I said the importance of an accountant was you freak out because you get hit with this bill and it claims this or that and you have no answer and oh no

And you accountant goes "Oh, that's a form BBZ-20111" and that's it
Objectively, the IRS plays hardball, very quickly, and demanding upfront an absolute maximum. Even if you're a person who screwed up, you can negotiate. They're honestly 100x better than credit card companies. But they write much, much nastier letters.
I checked my tax form from that year and we definitely reported it, but through Paypal. I will probably be writing a letter to respond, with my accountant's help.

I see Patreon has a feature (which they didn't have before) to allow direct deposit instead of through paypal.
Accountant wrote back (on a Sunday, even) verifying this is all not a big deal.

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