In recent years, barter has enjoyed a resurgence as a means of countering economic insecurity, unemployment and worker exploitation. The nature of modern-day work, the pervasiveness of the Internet and the rise of social networking have all contributed to its spread. Other examples of alternative economic systems include gift economies, sharing economies and time banks.
Corporate barter focuses on larger transactions, which is different from a traditional, retail oriented barter exchange. Corporate barter exchanges typically use media and advertising as leverage for their larger transactions. It entails the use of a currency unit called a "trade-credit". The trade-credit must not only be known and guaranteed, but also be valued in an amount the media and advertising could have been purchased for had the "client" bought it themselves (contract to eliminate ambiguity and risk).
As Orlove noted, barter may occur in commercial economies, usually during periods of monetary crisis. During such a crisis, currency may be in short supply, or highly devalued through hyperinflation. In such cases, money ceases to be the universal medium of exchange or standard of value. Money may be in such short supply that it becomes an item of barter itself rather than the means of exchange. Barter may also occur when people cannot afford to keep money (as when hyperinflation quickly devalues it).
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Still, Adam Smith really did seem to believe barter was real. He writes, “When the division of labour first began to take place, this power of exchanging must frequently have been very much clogged and embarrassed in its operations,” and then goes on to describe the inefficiencies of barter. And Beggs says that many textbooks sloppily seem to endorse this viewpoint. “They sort of use that fairy tale,” he explains.
5. In the case of services bartered by a taxpayer for either goods or services, the value of those services must be brought into the taxpayer's income where they are of the kind generally provided by him in the course of earning income from, or are related to, a business or a profession carried on by him. Examples are a dentist or the owner of a plumbing business who agrees to fix someone's teeth or drains (respectively) in return for services or property provided by the other party. Where the taxpayer is an employee, e.g. a mechanic, occasional help given to a friend or neighbour in exchange for something would not be taxable unless the taxpayer made a regular habit of providing such services for cash or barter.
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Barter, outside of specific circumstances, is considered taxable. When considering barter transactions, the CRA has determined that the goods or services that you are giving away should be considered to be paid. The exact amount of payment that you are said to be receiving is equal to the market value of whatever you are providing to the other party. This is true even if the value of what you receive in trade is not equal to what you give away.
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It’s hard to answer that without actually seeing a modern gift economy in action. Luckily, modern gift economies actually do exist. On a small scale, they exist among friends, who might lend each other a vacuum or a cup of flour. There’s even an example of a gift economy on a much larger scale, albeit one that’s not always in operation: The Rainbow Gathering, an annual festival in which about 10,000 people gather for a month in the woods (it rotates among various national forests around the country each year) and agree not to bring any money. Groups of attendees set up “kitchens,” in which they prepare and serve food for thousands of people every day, all for free. Classical economists might guess that people would take advantage of such a system, but, sure enough, everyone is fed, and the people who don’t cook play music, set up trails, teach classes, gather firewood, and perform in plays, among other things.
Bartering will always be popular in its personal forms -- in the trade of our turnips for a neighbor's banana bread, and the trade of our kid's marbles for another kid's toy. In those situations, barter is not determined by economic conditions; it is a ritual and an expression of friendship -- and it is a natural, deep-rooted part of our heritage and humanity.
For one thing, the barter myth “makes it possible to imagine a world that is nothing more than a series of cold-blooded calculations,” writes Graeber in Debt. This view is quite common now, even when behavioral economists have made a convincing case that humans are much more complicated—and less rational—than classical economic models would suggest.
The tax implications imposed on barter are concerned with the trade of goods and services for which you would normally be seeking payment. For example, if you are a plumber and you agree to fix a drain for an electrician who in turn does work for you, that would be taxable, as it is a service that you normally provide in exchange for money as part of your business.
In the 1960s, because of the growing use of such cashless commerce, the Canadian federal tax authorities began to restrict the practice of barter. Now companies giving individuals cashless benefits must issue a slip stating the value of the goods or services for income tax purposes. If such benefits are not reported as taxable income, the tax burden shifts to other Canadian workers who receive only monetary remuneration.
When exchanging services, it’s important to remember that bartering is considered income. While you may be able to write off expenses you incur during the barter, you must claim the fair market value of the services you provided as income. For example, if you charge $60 an hour as a massage therapist, and you trade a one-hour massage for housecleaning services, you may have to claim the equivalent income. When you trade assets, you may even be responsible for tracking capital gains or losses. If you have any doubts or questions, consult the IRS website.
Barter affects the economic system. Bartering is fundamentally a personal activity -- one-to-one, you and me getting what we want. But when millions of people are bartering, it becomes more than just an individual action; it becomes a supplemental economic system, which both complements and alters the macrocosmic system. We can see this effect in various ways:
Barter, the direct exchange of goods or services—without an intervening medium of exchange or money—either according to established rates of exchange or by bargaining. It is considered the oldest form of commerce. Barter is common among traditional societies, particularly in those communities with some developed form of market. Goods may be bartered within a group as well as between groups, although gift exchange probably accounts for most intragroup trade, particularly in small and relatively simple societies. Where barter and gift exchange coexist, the simple barter of ordinary household items or food is distinguished from ceremonial exchange (such as a potlatch), which serves purposes other than purely economic ones.
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No academics I talked to were aware of any evidence that barter was actually the precursor to money, despite the story’s prevalence in economics textbooks and the public’s consciousness. Some argue that no one ever believed barter was real to begin with—the idea was a crude model used to simplify the context of modern economic systems, not a real theory about past ones.
The barter business appears above all to depend on participants who are low on cash and using barter as a way to get around these problems. This fact is hinted at by IRTA's own web site. On IRTA's page titled Joining an Exchange (see http://www.irta.com) the first bulleted item reads as follows: "First things first, make sure that your business is stable with cash flow. If your business is already experiencing cash flow problems, don't assume that barter is going to solve them." If cash problems are the driving force, the ultimate expansion of this business will be indirectly governed by economic conditions—unless other factors, such as networking and finding new clients, come to trump the primary motive for participation.
The provider will generally realize business income for Canadian income tax purposes equal to the fair market value of the goods/services provided (Business Income Inclusion). For this purpose (but not for other purposes—see, e.g., the sales tax implications described below), the value of the cryptocurrency at the time of the exchange is generally not the determining factor.
Men from the visiting group sit quietly while women of the opposite moiety come over and give them cloth, hit them, and invite them to copulate. They take any liberty they choose with the men, amid amusement and applause, while the singing and dancing continue. Women try to undo the men’s loin coverings or touch their penises, and to drag them from the “ring place” for coitus. The men go with their … partners, with a show of reluctance to copulate in the bushes away from the fires which light up the dancers. They may give the women tobacco or beads. When the women return, they give part of this tobacco to their own husbands.
People often require some encouragement to give bartering a shot. Debbie Lombardi, president and founder of Barter Business Unlimited, a Connecticut-based exchange network, says that despite her company’s track record and 4,000-plus registered members, she still regularly encounters resistance and confusion from prospective customers. “Nobody comes to me and says, ‘I’ve always wanted to try bartering,’ ” she admits. “It’s more like, ‘I don’t get it. Is this some kind of scam?’”