Submitted By: Denise
Answered: December 2, 2016 1:53 pm

I read that everyone is entitled to a consumer rebate under a 2015 law. Is this true?

Some marketers are touting a “consumer rebate” in order to get individuals to subscribe to certain newsletters or buy other materials. The so-called rebate is nothing more than a tax deduction for state and local sales tax that individuals who itemize can claim if they don’t deduct state and local income tax. To emphasize, there is no special “consumer rebate” in the tax law; there is only an itemized deduction for state and local sales tax. And this deduction cannot be claimed if the individual opts to deduct state and local income taxes.

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Tax Glossary

Installment sale

A sale of property that allows for tax deferment if at least one payment is received after the end of the tax year in which the sale occurs. The installment method does not apply to year-end sales of publicly traded securities. Dealers may not use the installment method. Investors with very large installment balances could face a special tax.

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