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  • January 22
  • 1:00 - 2:40 pm EST

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Tax Treatment of Gift Card and Certificate Sales

January 22

Become versed in tax treatment of gift card and certificate sales.

Tax treatment of advance payments has a colorful history in tax cases and IRS guidance. The proper treatment of gift card income and whether taxpayers can take advantage of income deferral provisions for gift revenue has received significant attention from both taxpayers and the IRS in recent years. There is exciting new guidance on gift cards and revenue recognition, allowing accrual method taxpayers to defer income from gift card sales to a year later than the year of receipt.

The gift card market is influenced by the rise in demand for technologically advanced products, increase in need for cashless transactions, the surge in application areas among end users, the high adoption rate of smartphones, and growth associated with e-commerce. Total annual gift card volume increases 6% per annum on average and is projected to reach $170 billion in 2019. Since gift cards are being used in many ways, many questions arise regarding the proper treatment of gift card income, further complicated by considerations of when income should be recognized and whether income deferral provisions are applicable?

Discuss and consider tax issues for gift cards. We will review IRS guidance addressing gift cards and taxpayer concerns, including when and whether an accounting method change may be used to change the timing of income recognition associated with gift cards.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to discuss income deferral considerations.
  • You will be able to explain whether a gift card issuer can take advantage of deferral provision.
  • You will be able to review accounting method change considerations and strategy.
  • You will be able to identify outstanding issues affecting the treatment of gift cards.

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Agenda

Review Income Recognition Rules, IRC §451 and Administrative Guidance That Allows Income Deferral for Advance Payments

History and Development of Primary Authority

Discuss Application of Advance Payment Guidance for Gift Cards

Review IRS Initiatives Designed to Address the Treatment of Advance Payments for Gift Card Income

Evaluate IRS Guidance Addressing Gift Cards and Provide Practice Tips for Implementation

Gift Card Considerations and Outstanding Issues Not Addressed by IRS Guidance

Examples and Case Law Considerations

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  • Enrolled Agents 2.0
     
  • This program qualifies for 2.0 hours of Continuing Education Credit for enrolled agents under Treasury Department Circular #230 Section 10.6(g).
     

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  • AIPB 2.0
     
  • This program is acceptable for 2.0 CPEC(s) towards the CB designation through the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB).
     
  • CPP/FPC (Pending)
     
  • This seminar has been submitted to APA for RCH approval. PLEASE NOTE: To receive credit through the American Payroll Association if approved, you MUST use the streaming option and enable (and complete) the required progress checks.
     
  • Enrolled Agents 2.0
     
  • This program qualifies for 2.0 hours of Continuing Education Credit for enrolled agents under Treasury Department Circular #230 Section 10.6(g).
     
  • CPE 2.0 including Taxes 2
     
  • Lorman Education Services is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: https://www.nasbaregistry.org/cpas/complaints. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact our offices at 866-352-9539. CPE Credit: Maximum Credit Hours: 2.0 each session (based on a 50 minute credit hour). You must attend at least 50 minutes to obtain credit. Field of Study: Taxes for 2.0 hours. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of taxation. Level of Knowledge: Intermediate. Teaching Method: Seminar/Lecture. Advance Preparation: None. Delivery Method: Group Internet Based. Please refer to the information in this brochure for outline, course content and objectives. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Final approval of a course for CPE credit belongs with each state's regulatory board. Please note: In order to receive CPE credit for this course you MUST use the streaming audio option, as well as enable and complete the required progress checks.
     
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc. is a registered provider for CPA CPE through the State Education Department of New York, Sponsor number: 000640. The following course will carry the subject area of Taxation for 2.0 hours.
     

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This live webinar is designed for accountants, CPAs, CFOs, controllers, accounts payable professionals, tax managers, finance directors, presidents, enrolled agents, payroll professionals, vice presidents and bookkeepers.

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Stephen B. Jordan, EA

Stephen B. Jordan, EA

Stephen B. Jordan, EA

  • Owner at Stephen B. Jordan, EA for more than 31 years
  • More than 36 years’ experience in accounting, auditing and tax services
  • Experience: Tax Defense Network – Referral Partner; Lorman Education Services; IRS Form 1099 Reporting: What You Need to Know; Tips for Understanding IRS Field Audits; Understanding Complex Internal Control Issues; Tax Treatment of Gift Cards & Sales Certificates; Past community outreach volunteer, NH Pro-Bono, Low Income Taxpayer Project; past community outreach volunteer, Bentley Low Income Taxpayer Clinic; past adjunct faculty of accounting and taxation at: Franklin Pierce College, 1988-1989; New Hampshire College, 1993; Hesser College, 1999; KPMG Peat Marwick – Sr Accountant, 1982 -1985; Wolf & Company CPA’s PC – Audit Supervisor/CISA, 1985 – 1986; General Cinema Corp – Sr Internal Auditor, 1986 – 1987; Comprehensive Accounting Corporation – Affiliate/Accountant 1987 – 1990; has written accounting and tax articles for EA Journal and National Public Accountant professional journals; speaker at self-help tax strategy seminars
  • Member of the NATP, NAEA, MaSEA and NNESEA
  • M.S.T. degree, William Howard Taft University; College for Financial Planning; M.B.A. degree, Indiana University; B.S. degree, University of New Hampshire
  • Can be contacted at 603-508-0124 or stephenbjordan50@gmail.com
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Product ID: 404743
Published 2018, 2019
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