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Old Jul 25th 2004, 8:27 pm
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Old Jul 25th 2004, 8:31 pm
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Can anyone tell me if rebates given to you for purchasing certain items are classed as income, and are they taxable?

I know they take forever to arrive
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Old Jul 25th 2004, 8:46 pm
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I'm sure they are not. As long as the cash you used to purchase the item was 'tax paid' income.
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Old Jul 25th 2004, 11:51 pm
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definitely not income
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How could it be classed as income if your actually getting a refund of money you've already paid?

And yes they take forever, its a ridiculous game over here. I think they must gamble on the fact that people can't be bothered to jump through a hoop and then wait 5 years (tad exageration) to get a measly $10 back.
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I really hate rebates and 'cash back'. I mean WTF? I hand over the money to you, pay sales tax on it, and then a few months later you send me a cheque. WHy the heck not knock off the 'rebate' value at the cash desk?
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Originally posted by Slushpuppy
Im just asking because my husbands employers told him that it was classed as income. He works in the USA, for a UK agency, and is paid in pounds sterling into a UK bank.

Therefore he doesnt pay tax in Britain, or have earnings in the USA. But as I say he was told not to buy anything that gave a rebate as they were classed as earnings and as such he would have to start paying Americab taxes on ALL his income?!?!?!

Yes it is confusing but as I am the one who has bought something that had a $150 rebate linked to it, I was just worried that I would be interfering with his tax situation. And I have tried to find out more from an official source but have had no joy.
Do you have a US account too? Most of the rebates come back in a cheque.

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if he lives in america then he should pay taxes on all him income irrespective of where it comes from...
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Originally posted by BritGuyTN
if he lives in america then he should pay taxes on all him income irrespective of where it comes from...
lol.

Rebates are not income. Nor are refunds; not even tax refunds.
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Originally posted by Slushpuppy
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Therefore he doesnt pay tax in Britain, or have earnings in the USA. But as I say he was told not to buy anything that gave a rebate as they were classed as earnings and as such he would have to start paying Americab taxes on ALL his income?!?!?!

Yes it is confusing but as I am the one who has bought something that had a $150 rebate linked to it, I was just worried that I would be interfering with his tax situation. And I have tried to find out more from an official source but have had no joy.
Rebates are usually "mail in" rebates. If an item you want is like that, you certainly can buy it but not send in the rebate. I'm sure there's a lot of people who forget to mail in the rebate by the deadline and miss out getting some money back.

I also don't understand. You and your husband are living in the US but not paying tax in Britain. So, you should be paying tax in the US.

There's a reciprocal tax agreement between the UK and US but you should be paying income tax in one of the two countries...

Are you or your husband American? If that's the case, then at least one of you should be filing US taxes.
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Originally posted by Slushpuppy
Therefore he doesnt pay tax in Britain, or have earnings in the USA. But as I say he was told not to buy anything that gave a rebate as they were classed as earnings and as such he would have to start paying Americab taxes on ALL his income?!?!?!
He is liable to pay tax in one country or the other but the specifics of the situation will dictate which it is. You don't need to have earnings in the US to be liable for tax there, nor do you have to live in Britain to be liable for tax there. I pay tax in Canada, Britain and the US.

I suspect what your husband has been advised is to do nothing that would spark an interest in him, which might include a rebate cheque (although I'm not certain how).
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Originally posted by NC Penguin
Rebates are usually "mail in" rebates. If an item you want is like that, you certainly can buy it but not send in the rebate. I'm sure there's a lot of people who forget to mail in the rebate by the deadline and miss out getting some money back.

I also don't understand. You and your husband are living in the US but not paying tax in Britain. So, you should be paying tax in the US.

There's a reciprocal tax agreement between the UK and US but you should be paying income tax in one of the two countries...

Are you or your husband American? If that's the case, then at least one of you should be filing US taxes.
Not true, I was working for the British Embassy in DC, but inside an american company. My wages were paid by the Embassy and were tax free. I paid no tax in either country.
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