Tuesday, August 31, 2010
"This is a win/win for donors," says Melissa Labant, a tax expert with the American Institute of CPAs, since they can take a donation without claiming income. The cash reward qualifies as a rebate, which in tax terms is a reduction in the price of items purchased with the card. ...
The IRS ruling means there may be a sharp difference between cash-reward cards and "affinity cards" that benefit a university or charity. Holders of affinity cards don't get deductions for benefits to the group, whereas those who contribute their cash rewards may qualify for them.