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Real Estate Broker’s Refund to Homebuyer Not Taxable

A real estate broker representing a home BUYER typically receives part of the sales commissions for his/her services of bring in a ready, willing, and able buyer.  The agreement between this broker and the home buyer provides for the broker to refund part of these commissions to the home buyer.  Alternatively the broker’s agency permits the buyer to apply the “refund” as a credit towards closing costs, the down payment, and/or a reduction in purchase price.  There are two questions in this letter ruling request.

 First is the question of whether the refund or credit to the buyer is considered to be income to the buyer.  IRS answer is “no.”  Section 61 requires all income to be taxable except… 

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