With incentives, it sometimes takes an expert to figure out who should write a check to the Internal Revenue Service at tax time. Here are some guidelines: A true incentive, which rewards an employee for achieving certain goals with a recreational trip, is 100 percent deductible for the company providing the incentive. “The bad news is that the fair-market value of the trip is going to be considered taxable income to the recipient” and must be reported on an IRS 1099 form, says Jonathan T. ...

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