In 2007 the IRS has ruled that that commission refunds to home buyers are not taxable. The IRS position is that payment or credit at closing to the home Buyer represents an adjustment to the purchase price of the home and generally is not includible in a home Buyer's gross income.
The IRS centers its reasoning on similar cost-saving options available for consumers in other industries, such as when an auto purchase manufacturer offers rebates and similar financial incentives that represent an adjustment to the purchase price.
There is currently no public IRS ruling on a subject, but there is a private ruling that describes a principle and logic behind Buyer’s refunds. IRS private ruling does not determine on the tax situation of each home Buyer, but clearly outlines the reasoning why Real Estate Agent is not obligated to report a Buyer’s Refund as income. Based on this ruling Real Estate Agent does not have any obligation to issue a 1099-MISC to home Buyer who receives a refund (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/0721013.pdf)
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