Are business credit card rewards taxable? This can come up when looking at the many offers out there. Some credit companies have different programs than others, that can be worth investigating to see how they may be taxed.
Some cards offer cash back or rebate programs. These types of rewards are considered unitemized business credit card use and are not taxable. If the consumer used the credit card for its intended use, then the cash back would be considered taxable income. The only situation where cash back is not taxable is if the consumer has not taken a cash advance from the account.
Other cards will be non-taxable but are still worth investigating. A good example is a merchant account credit card that allows the consumer to use the card in any participating merchants. The consumer is still responsible for payment for goods purchased using the credit card but is not required to pay taxes on these purchases.
How are business credit card cash advances taxed? Like all forms of credit, they are subjected to federal and state taxation. The consumer may be required to file state tax returns if the amount of credit used over a period of time is more than what is reported on the state tax return. Those who itemize their income and take all the appropriate deductions may be able to take advantage of a state tax deduction.
What about travel rewards cards? These can also be considered business credit cards. They are used just like a credit card in purchases for traveling. Again, these are subject to both state and federal taxation. The consumer may not be required to file state tax returns on these purchases. Again, the consumer is responsible for payment of all taxes on purchases made with the credit card.
As you can see, it depends on the intent of the user. If you are just using your credit card to make purchases online, or to pay for a service that you performed using the card, then the credit card is a “product” that you are not purchasing anything with and thus it is not taxable. On the other hand, if you are looking to use credit cards as a form of investment, then these cards can be viewed as an investment in yourself and your future. While they may not be “tangible” income, you are building your future and financial portfolio with them.