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I have an AMEX blue rewards card that pays me cash back.

I have been told that the cash back is considered income. I do not think that is correct as you have already paid taxes on this money and the return of a portion of expense should not be considered taxable. I think.


However, the question did get me thinking about double dipping. I use this card for business travel and expenses. And the amount that I churn through the card for these items can be considerable ~5-6 a month. As a result ~$1000 of my cash back is for expenses that my employer has FULLY reimbursed me for.
Is this amount taxable?
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I use this card for business travel and expenses. And the amount that I churn through the card for these items can be considerable ~5-6 a month. As a result ~$1000 of my cash back is for expenses that my employer has FULLY reimbursed me for.
Is this amount taxable?


Yes. See "recoveries" in Publication 525.

Phil
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Just the answer I did NOT want to hear.
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