Taxation – Federal Income Tax – Commission Received by Life Insurance Agent on Policies Purchased by Him Held to be Taxable Income

Taxpayer was agent for eleven life insurance companies. From two of them he purchased policies on the lives of his business partner, three key employees, and his children. He paid the regular premiums and subsequently received standard first-year and renewal commissions. When taxpayer did not include these in his gross income, the Commissioner assessed deficiencies and was sustained by the district court, On appeal, held, affirmed. A commission received by a life insurance agent on a policy purchased by him is taxable income. Ostheimer v. United States, (3d Cir. 1959) 264 F. (2d) 789, cert. den. 80 S.Ct. 61 (1959).