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Do any of you think governments will ever tax air miles and treat them as income, especially ones where employers let employees keep the miles as a part of doing business for the company?

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Wouldn't that be a bit difficult? How would you place a value on the miles with such variables in the real cost of a flight? Hell, I wouldn't put it past old Uncle Sam, but I think it would be tough for the IRS to chase. Just as an example when I recently booked my flight through United it gave me the option to save my miles and purchase the flight with $$. The cost of the flight would have been $5400 according to United. I have zero clue where this amount came from as when I priced out the flight via kayak I could get it for roughly $1400.


I use miles for my yearly trip to LOS and 50% of my miles are earned via non flight purchases with my rewards card. I already pay taxes on all the crap that goes on the card and then when I earn the miles and redeem them for my flight I pay all the taxes associated with flight. How many damn times do you want to tax me?


Like I said I think it would way to though to track and it would not be worth the effort to the government otherwise they would have already figured out a way to screw us.

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Under certain circumstances the Australian Tax Office can tax you on your frequent flyer / air miles so a government can change its laws accordingly.



3. TR 1999/6 - flight rewards

TR 1999/6 provides that flight rewards received under consumer loyalty programs are generally not taxable. However, it also notes that FBT may apply where:

 the employer and the employee have a family relationship and the flight reward is received in connection with the employment, or
 a flight reward is provided to an employee, or the employee's associate, under an 'arrangement' for the purposes of the 
Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986,
 that results from business expenditure.

The flight reward might also be subject to income tax if they are received by an individual who

 renders a service on the basis that an entitlement to a flight reward will arise

 receives the flight reward as a result of business expenditure, or

 where the activities associated with the obtaining of the reward amount in themselves to a business activity.

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