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I would appear that AA's intention was to make acceptance of the prize so costly that it wouldn't be accepted by the winner, and AA is out nothing for some free publicity and apparant generousity. ed

How about a more generous position?

AA is simply following the letter of the law. It is the IRS (enforcing laws passed by Congress and signed by the President) that is requiring the full FMV of the prize to be shown on a 1099. Why would AA do any less than follow the law? There is simply no benefit to them to do any less.

For the person who wins a travel prize, this is a common problem. (And it's not uncommon for other prize winners as well.) The contest promoter wants the prize to look as big as possible. And, given the right set of circumstances, that IS was someone could pay for the travel. No one in their right mind would do so, but you could.

I have in the back of my mind that someone successfully challenged the valuation of a prize as reported on a 1099. I can't find a reference to the case at the moment, so maybe my recollection is failing me. But if I remember right, the issue is that a 1099 is not definitive. The issuer's opinion of FMV can be challenged.

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