Advance Payments for Services

Advance Payments for Services

February 15, 2003

ADVANCE PAYMENTS FOR SERVICES do not necessarily have to be reported immediately as income, the IRS suggested.

The IRS proposed in December that companies would only have to report an advance payment for services in the year it is received to the extent the company treats the payment as book income that year.  The rest of the payment could be reported the next year.  The proposal is in Notice 2002-79.

Keith Martin