Barter income

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Re: Barter income

Post by Burzmali » Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:38 pm

Arthur Rubin wrote:I hadn't considered that. Perhaps we'll just need to fall back to there being no "secondary market" for most of the objects, making it impossible to assign a value. Although $0 is clearly inappropriate, perhaps regulations could still assign $0.

But some items on FreeCycle certainly do have substantial value (via eBay) that the current owner is uninterested in pursuing. Hence income to the receipent, and a taxable event...