Taxes: your questions answered

Q:What is the IRS definition of incentive travel?

A: No official definition exists, but incentives fall under the IRS classification of a "business vacation." Jim Gossett, partner with Arnstein & Lehr in Chicago, defines a pure incentive trip as "travel given as a prize for the accomplishment of set goals." The IRS rules apply whether the trip is for employees, customers, or independent contractors.

Q: Who shoulders the tax burden in a typical incentive travel program?

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