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In United States income tax law, an installment sale is generally a 'disposition of property where at least 1 loan payment is to be received after the close of the taxable year in which the disposition occurs.'[1] The term 'installment sale' does not include, however, a 'dealer disposition' (as defined in the statute) or, generally, a sale of inventory.[2] The installment method of accounting provides an exception to the general principles of income recognition by allowing a taxpayer to defer the inclusion of income of amounts that are to be received from the disposition of certain types of property until payment in cash or cash equivalents is received.[3] The installment method defers the recognition of income when compared with both the cash and accrual methods of accounting. Under the cash method, the taxpayer would recognize the income when it is received, including the entire sum paid in the form of a negotiable note.[4] The deferral advantages of the installment method are the most pronounced when comparing to the accrual method, under which a taxpayer must recognize income as soon as he or she has a right to the income.[4]


If a taxpayer realizes income (e.g., gain) from an installment sale, the income generally may be reported by the taxpayer under the 'installment method.'[5] The 'installment method' is defined as 'a method under which the income recognized for any taxable year [ . . . ] is that proportion of the payments received in that year which the gross profit [ . . . ] bears to the total contract price.'[6] This means that if, for instance, a taxpayer sells real estate with a basis of $250,000 for $1,000,000, resulting in 75% total profit, then the taxpayer should claim 75% of the total principal payments received during the taxable year as gross income. The interest on the note is included in gross income by the taxpayer according to the taxpayer's usual method of accounting.[7]

Nothing in the language of the governing statute (section 453 of the Internal Revenue Code) requires the use of the installment method where the disposition results in a loss. If the taxpayer disposes of property in an installment sale, he or she reports a portion of the gain at the time of receipt of each installment payment. Income from an installment sale is generally reported on IRS Form 6252, Installment Sale Income, to be included in the taxpayer's Federal income tax return for each year in which a payment is received.

Taxpayers may elect out of the installment method and report the entire gain in the year of disposition, even though at least one payment will not have been received by the close of that year)[8] by making the election on a timely filed income tax return for the tax year in which the disposition occurs.[9]

It is important to note that 'contract price' does not necessarily mean the dollar amount agreed to by contract. Instead, Treasury Regulation Sec. 15A.453-1(b)(2)(iii) defines contract price as 'the total contract price equal to selling price reduced by that portion of any qualifying indebtedness...assumed or taken subject to by the buyer, which does not exceed the seller's basis in the property (adjusted, for installment sales in taxable years ending after October 19, 1980, to reflect commissions and other selling expenses as provided in paragraph (b)(2)(v) of this section).' Qualifying indebtedness is further defined as a 'mortgage or other indebtedness encumbering the property and indebtedness, not secured by the property but incurred or assumed by the purchaser incident to the purchaser's acquisition, holding, or operation in the ordinary course of business or investment, of the property.' Qualifying indebtedness specifically excludes any debts that are incident to the disposition of the property, such as legal fees incurred during the sale, or debts that are not functionally related to the taxpayer's holding of the property.[10] This method of calculating contract price allows the installment method to more accurately account for the taxpayer's basis in the property.

Electing Out and Contingent Payments[edit]

One of the primary reasons that sellers elect out of the installment method is the harsh treatment of contingencies in the regulations accompanying IRC 453. Contingent payments are common in some types of installment sales, where, for example, payments are based on the actual rather than the expected profitability of the item sold (typically some percentage of the future profits). Where the contract calls for contingent payments, the regulations recognize three possibilities.

First, the contingent payments may be subject to a stated maximum selling price, e.g., '5% of future profits up to a maximum of $1,000,000.' In this case, the regulations require the seller to calculate the profit ratio by assuming that the maximum will actually be reached. As compared to a situation where the maximum in fact is not reached, this requirement has the effect of increasing the profit ratio and thus the gain reportable for each year, deferring recovery of basis. Any deficiency between the actual amounts received and the stated maximum selling price will result in unrecovered basis, for which no loss may be reported until there is no more right to future payments.

Second, if there is no maximum selling price, the contingent payments may be subject to a finite duration, e.g., '5% of future profits for ten years.' In this case, the regulations require the basis to be apportioned ratably over the years in which payment can be received. Basis that is not used in one year is carried over to the next year. Especially if the item sold declines in profitability over the stated finite duration, it is possible that there will be unrecovered basis at the end of the period, for which no loss may be reported until that final year.

Finally, there may be neither a maximum selling price nor a finite duration. In this case, the first step is to consider whether there is a sale at all; the transaction may in fact be for rent or royalties, since beneficial ownership arguably remains with the seller. However, if there is in fact a sale, there are two possibilities. First, the transaction may be subject to the judicial 'open transaction doctrine' of Burnet v. Logan. Almost no sales are subject to this doctrine because it is applicable only to unusual and rare sales that are wholly speculative and impossible to value. If the open transaction doctrine applies, the taxpayer may completely recover basis before reporting any gain. This is by far the best tax treatment for the transaction, but it is likely to be attacked by the IRS and in most circumstances would not be sustained.

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More likely, a contingent sale in the third category would be a closed transaction. This is the worst-case scenario. In this case, basis is allocated ratably over a fifteen-year period, but unused basis is not simply carried forward into the next year; instead unused basis is re-allocated over the balance of the 15-year term. No loss may be reported until the final year.

In all three of these scenarios, there is the possibility that there will be unrecovered basis on the back end of the transaction resulting in a capital loss. If, for example, the seller is an individual who is retiring off of the proceeds of the sale, the capital loss on the back end would be almost worthless (except to the nominal extent usable against ordinary income).

The alternative is to elect out of the installment method. In that case, the seller reports the fixed amounts (taking original issue discount into account for future fixed payments) plus the fair market value of the right to contingent payments. The taxpayer pays tax up front in the year of the sale on this total amount realized. The taxpayer then has a basis in the right to contingent payments equal to the amount reported as fair market value. The good news here is that the seller gets a little piece of the open transaction doctrine, and may fully recover basis in the contingent piece of the sale before reporting any additional contingent payments in future years. Where the profit ratio would have been high anyway and the fair market value of the contingent payments are low, the taxpayer may experience favorable consequences by effectively paying a little more tax up front and in return getting the first crop of contingent payments tax-free, while eliminating the risk of an unusable future capital loss.

Whether or not the seller elects out, the total net gain or loss reported will be the same, but timing and characterization can vary widely.

Treatment of Escrowed Consideration[edit]

If, instead of a note, consideration is held back in an escrow account, installment reporting may be available if the escrow imposes a 'substantial restriction' and is arranged to 'serve a bona fide interest of the buyer.' For example, if the escrow secures representations and warranties of the seller, installment reporting is available to report payments as they are released from escrow. In contrast, if amounts are released from escrow with the mere passage of time, installment reporting is not available.

Whether, in a merger or acquisition, escrows established to secure the continued employment of selling shareholders who are also management employees (so-called 'golden handcuffs') are reportable on the installment method is currently an unresolved question, even if it is assumed that such amounts are properly treated as merger consideration and not compensation for employment. On the one hand, such conditions are clearly established for the benefit of the buyer. On the other, amounts in escrow appear to be released with the passage of time in a manner that is within the control of the seller, and so arguably the escrow does not impose a 'substantial' restriction.


Installment sales are a valuable tool to help sellers defer tax. As with any other seller financing, however, the seller is generally at risk with respect to the buyer's creditworthiness or ability to manage the asset. The seller may often retain a lien against the property to secure payment of the installment obligation, which itself may or may not be evidenced by a promissory note.

The installment sale allows buyers to obtain an asset such as real estate without bank financing. The seller is then at risk of buyer default and the consequential repossession/foreclosure of the asset.


A sales method called the Structured sale, also known as the Ensured Installment Sale and a Monetized Installment Sale, are variations of the traditional installment sale and is intended to protect the seller completely from the risk in connection with the buyer's creditworthiness. A specialized installment sale known as the deferred sales trust is a form of IRC section 453 and offers unique advantages that a traditional installment sale does not; such as diversification, liquidity, and typically are longer in the term.


  1. ^26 U.S.C.§ 453(b)(1).
  2. ^26 U.S.C.§ 453(b)(2).
  3. ^Overview of Issues Relating to the Modification of the Installment Sales Rules by the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, Joint Committee on Taxation (JCX-15-00), Feb. 28, 2000 (as cited in Samuel A. Donaldson, Federal Income Taxation of Individuals: Cases, Problems & Materials. 2nd edition. American Casebook Series, Thomson West: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2007, 580.
  4. ^ abOverview of Issues Relating to the Modification of the Installment Sales Rules by the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, Joint Committee on Taxation (JCX-15-00), Feb. 28, 2000 (as cited in Samuel A. Donaldson, Federal Income Taxation of Individuals: Cases, Problems & Materials. 2nd edition. American Casebook Series, Thomson West: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2007, 581.
  5. ^26 U.S.C.§ 453(a).
  6. ^26 U.S.C.§ 453(c).
  7. ^Samuel A. Donaldson, Federal Income Taxation of Individuals: Cases, Problems & Materials. 2nd edition. American Casebook Series, Thomson West: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2007, 581.
  8. ^26 U.S.C.§ 453(d)(1).
  9. ^26 U.S.C.§ 453(d)(2).
  10. ^Treas. Reg Sec. 15A.453-1(b)(2)(iv)

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Requirements for the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements may apply in 2020 and 2021 based on food commodity, type of activity and business size. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.


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  • Effective January 15, 2019, the Manufacturer's Declaration Form (CFIA/ACIA 5280) is not available. The CFIA will instead issue the Certificate of Free Sale (CFIA/ACIA 5786) when a certificate or commercial document is required for export. This certificate will only be issued to food companies licensed under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). Please visit My CFIA page to apply for a license.
  • The CFIA has prepared some questions and answers to explain the discontinuation of the Manufacturer's Declaration Form (CFIA/ACIA 5280) and the transition to the Certificate of Free Sale (CFIA/ACIA 5786) under the SFCR.
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  • Eligibility requirements for the Certificate of Free Sale
  • Applying for the Certificate of Free Sale


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) form Certificate of Free Sale (CFIA/ACIA 5786) is available for food products manufactured by licensed parties under the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). The CFIA will issue this certificate when necessary to meet the importing country requirements.

The Certificate of Free Sale does not replace product or commodity specific certificates that have been negotiated with foreign countries. It also does not replace or supersede additional import requirements that may be established by the importing country.

If your sole licensed activity is to export the food, you can only request the Certificate of Free Sale for food products manufactured in Canada by a licensed party under the SFCA and SFCR.

Eligibility requirements for the Certificate of Free Sale


Only food and food ingredients manufactured in Canada by a licensed manufacturer are eligible. These products must be in Canada and available for inspection when certificates are requested.

Foods that have additional export requirements and negotiated certificates should use the appropriate certificate and not the Certificate of Free Sale.

Feed and other products certified under plant health or animal health regulations are not eligible for the Certificate of Free Sale.

Foods exempted from SFCR but which are considered food in the foreign country and that require certification must meet all applicable SFCR requirements of food in order to receive the Certificate of Free Sale.


It is the exporter's responsibility to know what importing country requirements apply to the food products for export and what documents are needed. The CFIA has information on importing country requirements that have been negotiated which can be found in the Export requirements library.


The exporter must have a valid Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence to manufacture and/or export and meet the SFCR requirements to have a written preventive control plan (PCP) and traceability controls in place.

The manufacturer, authorized agent of the manufacturer and/or exporter, must declare that:

  1. they hold a valid licence to export food under the SFCR
  2. the food was produced for export by a licensed manufacturer in good regulatory standing with a written food safety control plan and traceability system in place
  3. the food is safe for human consumption, meaning that the food was produced under sanitary conditions, is edible, free from contamination, and is not labelled in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive
  4. the importing country will accept the Certificate of Free Sale (CFIA/ACIA 5786) as the appropriate trade facilitation document
  5. they are willing to accept the commercial risk that the product may be refused entry by the importing country for not meeting a requirement to import
  6. and, the product to be exported is still in Canada at the time of this application.

The manufacturer will be subject to the CFIA's risk based inspection program.

Applying for the Certificate of Free Sale

The information required on the application form is self-explanatory, with the exception of one field: consignor. The consignor is typically the party that is the owner/legal party responsible for the shipment.

If the applicant is an exporter (that is to say, not the manufacturer), then they are the consignor. In this case, the exporter needs to be licensed and must also identify the licensed manufacturer of the product being exported.

If the applicant is the licensed (or registered) manufacturer/processor, then they may put themselves (or another party, if relevant) as the consignor. If the manufacturer identifies another party as the consignor and that party is not licensed, writing 'N/A' in the consignor licence field is acceptable as the manufacturer is licensed.

The form cannot be altered in any fashion and may not include additional claims or statements regarding the method of production or the quality or safety of the product.

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When a Certificate of Free Sale is being requested for the purpose of pre-authorization (that is to say, to obtain an import permit or product registration) in a foreign country, and is not accompanying a shipment, the lot code, size and total weight of the shipment is not required to be submitted in the application and these fields can be marked 'N/A' for not applicable. This type of Certificate of Free Sale must be requested through the offline process only (see Existing certificate request channels (offline)).

Once the Certificate of Free Sale is issued, there is no expiration date, but the CFIA recommends that it is used for shipments leaving Canada within 30 days. The importing country may choose not to accept the certificate if it is not used within a reasonable period of time.

A fee for export certificates may apply based on the interim SFCR fees notice (see CFIA - Proposed changes to the Fees Notice).

Online through My CFIA

Applying for a Certificate of Free Sale via My CFIA is available to licensed food businesses under the SFCR for foods that fall into the manufactured foods category; that is to say, products that were previously in the non-federally registered sector that could only be issued a Manufacturer's Declaration Form (CFIA/ACIA 5280). Licence holders are also able to apply for a Certificate of Free Sale for processed fruits and vegetables, maple products, and honey products through their My CFIA account.

Please note that in the event of a CFIA electronic system outage, exporters of manufactured foods may follow existing certificate request channels (offline) as detailed below.

The original Certificate of Free Sale must be used as the official export document and must accompany the shipment. A certified copy can be forwarded as a duplicate to the importer, to be used for preclearance purposes and/or kept on file.

To print the certificate, a colour printer is required in order for the red CFIA electronic stamp and electronic signature to appear clearly. The certificate is to be printed on standard white letter-sized (8.5 × 11) paper. No other colours or sizes will be accepted internationally.

If any problems printing are experienced, call 1-800-442-CFIA (2342) for assistance.

While applying online, user guidance is available to help walk-through the online process of requesting a Certificate of Free Sale using My CFIA.Sale free installation applies as a

Existing certificate request channels (offline)

For dairy products, eggs, fish and seafood, and meat and poultry, the application for a Certificate of Free Sale must be made through existing certificate request processes through local CFIA offices.

Exporters are requested to complete the Application for a Certificate of Free Sale (CFIA/ACIA 5786) and send it to their contact at the local CFIA office for consideration.

The CFIA will continue to transition other commodity sectors to request certificates online through the My CFIA channel in future as part of the Digital Service Delivery Platform (DSDP) certification process. This is to ensure that the registration and export requirements can be validated by the CFIA and ensure that country/commodity requirements are maintained for trade purposes.

Replacement certificates

All replacement certificates will be issued offline through CFIA inspection offices as per standard procedures. There are limited circumstances when the CFIA will replace certificates once the product has left Canada. Applicants need to identify the certificate they wish to replace.

Please view Replacement certificates for more information.

CFIA verification

The CFIA will verify that export conditions are met in accordance with its risk based inspection activities in accordance to the operational procedure on issuing a Certificate of Free Sale.

The CFIA will apply compliance and enforcement actions, which could include licence suspension and/or the application of penalties in accordance with the SFCR, if a person requested the Certificate of Free Sale (CFIA/ACIA 5786) for a product that did not meet these conditions.

The CFIA will issue the certificate to licensed parties who are in good standing with the CFIA. A licensed manufacturer is considered to be in good standing with the CFIA until such time that a licence is suspended or cancelled or if there are food safety concerns that would prevent the CFIA from allowing products to be distributed.

The CFIA will issue the certificate; however, the exporter assumes the commercial risk.

The CFIA will not issue the certificate as a commercial document for the purpose of meeting the needs of a private party.

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