The IRS is clear on their point of view. If you barter you must include the barter activity's fair market value as income on your tax return in the year the barter activity is performed. But is it really that simple? Here are some things to consider if you barter.
What is fair market value? The classic definition is the price someone is willing to pay and someone is willing to receive for the exchange of goods or services. But we all know this requires a level of judgment. What if an item is on sale when the barter activity is performed? Are prices always the same for a similar item or service? Prior to establishing the value of a barter item, shop around and take the lowest defendable value possible for your bartered item.
While late changing tax laws make it impossible to file your income tax return prior to January 20th this year, there are a number of reasons to file your return as soon as possible. Here are five of the most common:
Non-taxable Income for Those in the Armed Services
One of the benefits available to the men and women of our Armed Services and, in many cases, staff supporting them is the ability to exclude items from taxable income. Here is a list of the most common items that may often be omitted from income tax.