Posted by William Charles on February 5, 2019
Credit Cards

Published on February 5th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Discover Sending Out 1099’s For Referrals

Discover is the latest card issuer to send out 1099 tax forms for referrals, following Chase & American Express. It’s not clear if Discover is only sending out these forms for those who have received $600. There is also a report of cash back match from referrals (cash back earned in the first year is doubled) also being included in the income reported.

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Kevin
Kevin

Wow GG

JZ
JZ

Discover started this from last year (for tax year 2017), not this year like amex.

Jags
Jags

Do you think this is another way for the banks to discourage churning?

Asad
Asad

This in no way discourages referrals or churning. It reduces the incentive, but it’s still a bonus for referring a person to a card. Paying a $20 tax on $100 of free money is still a net gain

Snorlax
Snorlax

I churn bank bonuses even though I pay taxes on proceeds.

I go to work and earn an income even though I pay taxes on proceeds.

I operate a business even though I pay taxes on proceeds.

Bank insider
Bank insider

No- this is coming from the Feds.

NBG
NBG

No different than bank bonus churning. I mean for those into making free money (including myself).

LC
LC

maybe, most likely no. I can see where it might discourage splitting a referral bonus with someone since taxes are now involved.

Debit
Debit

Another way to redistribute wealth. From poor to rich.

jr
jr

weird flex but ok

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

delete, read it wrong.

Gary L Garcia
Gary L Garcia

Cash back should be treated the same as a discount. You don’t get it unless you spend money on a product or service. Will the next move be to issue 1099’s for coupons treating them as income?

Mark
Mark

They switched to a $50 statement credit on the Discover it this year. Are they giving a 1099 even for statement credit referrals?

Celia
Celia

A statement credit is as good as cash so I would say yes.

Zalmy

I got a 1099 back in 2016 for referrals (for which i had earned more than $600), haven’t earned more than $600 since, and haven’t received a 1099 since.

The 1099 did NOT include cashback match money, although it did include the cashback match I earned directly from those ereferrals (this is from back when the $50 was cashback, thus doubling, as it was my first year).

Debit
Debit

How does discover Debit card know that I am buying a money order when I am using it to buy a money order?

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