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Federal Income Tax

Discount Loyalty Programs are Not Trading Stamp Companies

Accrual method taxpayers generally must recognize advance payments in taxable income in the year of receipt, because receipt satisfies the all events test. The trading stamp rules are an exception to this all-events test. These rules apply to businesses that have customer loyalty programs. The rules can result in significant tax deferral as they allow […]

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Federal Income Tax

IRS Will Not Follow Court’s Holding for Customer Rewards Program

The IRS issued AOD 2016-03 to indicate that it will not follow the Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Giant Eagle, Inc. v. Commissioner, 822 F.3d 666 (3rd Cir. 2016), rev’g T.C. Memo 2014-146. The issue is whether costs for a rewards program are deductible in the year the rewards are earned by the […]