Trip Garage, Inc. (459 Ellis Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17111), is an accrual basis taxpayer that repairs automobiles. In late December
Trip Garage, Inc. (459 Ellis Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17111), is an accrual basis taxpayer that repairs automobiles. In late December 2022, the company repaired Samuel Mosley’s car and charged him $1,000. Samuel did not think the problem had been fixed and refused to pay; as a result, Trip refused to release the automobile. In early January 2023, Trip made a few adjustments and convinced Samuel that the automobile was working properly. At that time, Samuel agreed to pay only $900 because he did not have the use of the car for a week. Trip said “fine,” accepted the $900, and released the automobile to Samuel. An IRS agent thinks Trip, as an accrual basis taxpayer, should report $1,000 of income in 2022, when the work was done, and then deduct a $100 loss in 2023. Prepare a memo to Susan Apple, the treasurer of Trip, with the recommended treatment for the disputed income.
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