I recently joined a bank - just in time to jump into the tax reporting errors! In 2007 we offered a wide variety of promotional campaigns. In some campaigns, we offered bonus dollars (more than $20) for a new account opening. We also offered a bonus gift for closing on a loan with us (value over $25). We gave away gift cards (again, more than $20 value) for a new account relationship and finally, had a gift book where customers could choose a gift based on the number of times they used their debit card. The people that received these bonuses included businesses, consumers, lending and deposit relationships.It is my understanding that if the value of the premium - cash or physical item - is greater than $20, a 1099-INT must be created for the value of the item. However, there are others who believe that only cash items or gift cards fall under the 1099-INT rule and physical items fall under 1099-MISC reporting. If under 1099-Misc, it is understood that the value must be greater than $600 and does not apply to businesses.What is the proper way to report the following - assuming value over $20, and what special rules would apply if the recipient was a business?<ol><li>Bonus dollars added to deposits<li>Gift cards given for referring a friend <Li>Gift cards given for opening an account<Li>Gift item given for closing a loan<Li>Gift item given for debit card usage.</ol>
Does RESPA allow the payment of Cash to a client for a Mortgage Loan Referral? I have always been of the understanding this is not allowed under RESPA, however, there are several competitors in my market area actively engaged in paying referral bonuses and I would like to know if I'm correct or if they are acting unlawfully.