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    So you want to win a car ( tax update)

    Well, as some of you know, I won a JEEP WRANGLER last year, ARV $35,000, well I traded that for a lesser JEEP and some cash. Now it's tax time and I find out that, even though I traded for a lesser car and cash, I still have to pay the tax on the original ARV, because the IRS does not care what you do with your prize, or who you sell it to, even if you take a loss, they want the whole shebang. Well, I got a new car and enough cash to pay the taxes (state and fed) plus $3000 left in cash. Disappointing, but at least I got a car and some cash. So, if you are trying to win a car, or house, or anything big, please think about the tax that you will have to pay, and make sure that you can pay it, either out of pocket or by sale of the prize with some profit for you. And, also get some proof of the real ARV of the prize by looking on the net and recording it in case the sponsor hits you with a high 1099 value.
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    Golden advice! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience!
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    I won a watch that had an ARV of like $1500. The day I was notified I'd won, I searched for them, and they were selling for less than $500!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by amyshulk View Post
    Information courtesy of this link ~ How to Dispute an ARV on Your Sweepstakes Taxes

    When you win a sweepstakes prize, you are only required by the IRS to report the fair market value (FMV), not the sponsor's approximate retail value (ARV); but how do you go about finding out what the FMV is and how do you handle the difference on your taxes? Find out here.

    How to Dispute an ARV on Your Sweepstakes Taxes
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    FMV is definitely the right way to report it, just make sure you do it right. I always figured if I won a car I'd probably keep it and sell my existing one to pay the taxes.

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    I'd love to win a car and have to deal with those problems.

    I'd probably take my lumps with the taxes, sell it to the dealer and run to my Bank with the cash.

    Yup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    I'd love to win a car and have to deal with those problems.

    I'd probably take my lumps with the taxes, sell it to the dealer and run to my Bank with the cash.

    Yup!
    Not me!!! Hassle free is my motto, so if it says "cash in lieu" I'll go for it, but in this economy, no way am I haggling with a dealer to buy it back for *much* less than the FMV, not to mention the HUGE gap between that and the ARV!!!

    Then again, I detest dissension, and the last time I was at a car dealership {8 years I think?}, my witchy side came out, after being jerked around all dang day!!!
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    I like the math.

    Lets say you win a car with an arv of $20,000 an you're in the 20% tax bracket. Your tax liability is then $4,000.

    You should be able to get a dealer to offer you at least $15,000 for it so you're $11,000 ahead. Even if the best offer you can get is for $10,000 (one half of the ARV) you still $6,000 ahead after taxes.

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    Several years ago I won an off road thingy (sorry I'm a girl ) I tried to sell it and got no where, so I took the offer from the dealer to buy it back at a loss. Yes, I too paid taxes on the actual retail price, not the cash I got in hand. Still, I can't complain, it was way more cash than I had to begin with. Those things are expensive! Except for trips, it's the biggest win I've had. Paying taxes on trips is more painful since you don't usually win cash, or something to sell, just an awesome time.

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    curmugeon, you would think that your formula is right, however, it depends on your income. I am on SS and dont have that much, but I also won a prize for 3300, so that all totaled for my income. And let me tell you that the dealer is not the one to fix the price, however, you can bargain with the dealer, but, the arv is still determined by the sponsor. I had to pay tax on the full value of the 1099, eventhough I sold the car and took a lesser car with cash that did not amount to the full ARRV of the prize

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    And not only, do you have to bargain with the dealer for the sell of the vehicle you won, then you have to bargain for the vehicle that you want, then you have to bargain for the cash you want back. BUYING a new car X 3= total frustration

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