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Subject:  Question based on TV show Date:  4/12/2011  4:45 PM
Author:  TwoCybers Number:  113078 of 127616

The DIY channel has a program, Bath Crashers, wherein people shopping at HomeDepot/Lowes are asked "Do you want to have me make over your bathroom?" These people have not entered a lottery or done anything other than agreeing to have somebody give them something. The something typically is tens of thousands of dollars worth or material and labor. The recipients are required to work and ask friends/neighbors show up and work also.

Had a discussion over the weekend concerning if the people whose houses were worked on would have to pay income taxes on the value of the bathroom remodel. If yes, what would be the taxable amount? (Based on show credits it appears much of the materials are donated by the manufacturer i.e. Toto brand toilets).

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