Submitted By: Peter
Answered: May 22, 2015 12:24 pm

I’ve received payment for recycling my old smartphone. Is this taxable?

While you call it recycling, in effect you are selling the item at a price that is less than what you paid for it. You have no gain to report; you cannot take a loss because the item was for personal use. Recycling can be done for old electronics, can or truck batteries, and more.

Tax Glossary

Market discount

The difference between face value of a bond and lower market price, attributable to rising interest rates. On a sale, gain on the bond is generally taxed as ordinary income to the extent of the discount.

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