Tax Compliance Guidelines
Taxation of Gifts, Prizes and Awards

Activity: Taxation of Gifts, Prizes and Awards
Financial Policy: Drawings, Games, and Prizes, FIN-ACC-640
Related Policies: N/A
Additional Forms:
Things to Know:
  • A prize has to be processed in one of two manners to ensure appropriate reporting by the University. If the contest prize is a cash payment, it will need to be processed through KFS. If the contest prize consists of a non-cash item, please refer to Indiana University policy Drawings, Games, and Prizes, FIN-ACC-640 for processing guidance. Some examples of non-cash item are tangible personal property and complimentary services.
  • The value of a prize is considered taxable income to the recipient and may require the University to report the value of the prize to federal and state revenue agencies. Therefore, units and organizations must complete the University Prize Tax Data Collection Form within 10 days of distribution of any non-cash prize.
  • Non-cash prizes won by University faculty and staff will be added to payroll as non-cash earnings. The amount is subject to Social Security and Medicare taxes.
  • For prizes and awards to international students and visitors see FMS Tax Services: Prizes & Awards.

Please contact University Tax Services, taxpayer@iu.edu for more information.