The Definitive Guide to Referral Rock
New User Guide
Program Setup: Design Guide
Key Term Reference Guide
Success Checklist Part 1: Technical Review
Success Checklist Part 2: Branding and Messaging
Ambassador to Referral Rock: A Comprehensive Migration Guide
Build Your Program
Program Editor Overview
Member Sharing Experience
Referral Page (Hosted Landing Page)
Referral Page (Webpage Redirect)
Creating Reward Rules
Emails & Notifications
Using our Email Editor
Migration from Member Portal Classic to the new Member Portal
Rewards & Payments
PayPal Business (Use your own PayPal Business account)
Recurring Rewards FAQs
Member Invite Automation
Site Settings and Domain Settings
Salesforce and HubSpot CRM Integrations
Referral Add to Salesforce
Referral Update with Salesforce
Referral Add to HubSpot
Referral Update with HubSpot
Pre-Approved Member Registration
Integrating Your User Interface
One Click Access
On-Site Widget (Overlay)
Link Widget (Embedded)
Member Portal Embed Experience
Referral Capture & Update
Universal Script: Convert 3rd party cookie to 1st party
(Advanced) Triggering Scripts on Non-Pageload Events
Zapier- General Overview
Zapier - Referral Update
Zapier - Referral Add
Zapier - Add Potential Invite
WPForms (WordPress Forms)
Hubspot Form on a Hubspot Page
Active Campaign Forms
Best Practices / Guides
Referral Best Practices
Member Best Practices
Promotion Best Practices
W9 and 1099 Compliance
Testing Before Launch
Import Members and Referrals
Working with External Tracking and Scripts
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the difference between a Member and a Referral?
Can Referral Rock reward Members as well as Referrals?
Is Referral Rock compliant with GDPR?
What are Member Segments?
Can Referral Rock help me with designing my program?
How many domains can be integrated with Referral Rock?
How can I submit a product bug or feature request?
How do I find my API keys?
Do you integrate with MailChimp?
Account & Billing
What is included in my Referral Rock plan?
I forgot my password! How do I log in?
How can I add a team member to my Referral Rock account?
What are the team permission levels for my account?
Where can I upgrade, pause or cancel my subscription?
I need to update my credit card information. Where do I go?
How do I update my company's address?
Where can I access my billing information?
What is my Member Limit?
What happens when I reach my Member limit?
Can I clear my Member & Referral data?
Are gift cards and PayPal included in my plan?
How can I edit my Member Portal's Accessibility settings?
Can the same person be part of multiple referral programs?
How can I change the text for the email, text or social share options?
Can I add an additional custom field to the Member Registration form?
Would an extension like AdBlocker prevent us from capturing a referral?
Can Referral Rock integrate with Instagram?
How do I get notified of new members and referrals?
How many programs am I allowed to run at one time?
Can I limit my referral program registration?
What is the size of the Referral Rock widget?
What happens when I activate my program?
Can my referral program be run in other languages?
What is Single Sign On (SSO)?
How do I see a list of all of my members?
How do I manually add a member?
Where do I see a specific member's activity, like their referrals and rewards?
What is a referral code?
What are Member Segments?
I have a list of customers that I’d like to automatically enroll as Members. Will an email be sent to them if I import a member CSV?
Can my members have more than one referral link?
What information do I see on the Referral List?
What do I see when I view a Referral's details?
What are the different statuses for referrals?
How do I manually add a referral?
How do I manually update a referral's status?
Is there an easy way for me to download all the referrals collected into a spreadsheet?
How can I schedule my payouts to issue at a certain time?
My product/service has a return policy. Can I apply an eligibility date to my reward?
How do I manually create or issue a reward?
A reward was issued to the wrong email. What do I do?
Can I reissue a reward?
What type of rewards can Referral Rock automate for me?
Can Referral Rock send a check or cash as a reward?
How do I fund my Tango (Gift Card) account?
Do I get an email when I have a pending reward?
Can I limit the annual reward amount for a recipient?
How do I bulk issue rewards?
Are there fees associated with using Tango?
How does someone redeem their Prepaid Visa / Mastercard card?
Can I fund my gift card account in a currency other than USD?
What happens if a PayPal reward goes unclaimed?
What do Gift Card rewards look like for the recipient?
How do I change the delivery name and email for outbound emails sent from Referral Rock?
How do I add my company logo to Referral Rock emails?
What are the Email Sharing blocks?
Can I create my own templates?
What is the block list?
How can I prevent emails from going to spam?
How do I view emails by Program or Member?
Where can I see my email statistics and history?
I'm not sure if all of my emails were sent properly. How can I check?
How do I resend an email?
Configuration Activity Log
Program Activity Log
2017-2019 Release Notes
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Updated by Meghan McEnry
Having a successful referral program where you are rewarding your Members with monetary rewards for a ton of great referrals sounds like a win-win scenario, right? As great as that is, you still want to make sure that you are staying in compliance with US tax laws.
According to the IRS, you must provide a 1099 to any individual who earns $600 or more in a calendar year from your organization.
From inside of Referral Rock, you have the capability to stay tax compliant with our annual payment limits, 1099 reporting and excess payment enablement.
In this article you will learn how to:
- Set up annual payment limits so that you will remain in compliance with US tax law
- Download a report that will provide you with who is owed a 1099 or at risk of needing one
- Allow excess reward payments once you have collected a recipients 1099 information and approved them for additional rewards
Reward Payment Limits
Referral Rock allows you to be proactive and stay in compliance by limiting reward payouts for recipients to the annual U.S. taxable limit of $599 (USD). When enabled, we will not issue more than $599 to the same person without your permission.
This feature can be turned on from the Payouts page (Settings > Payouts).
Once turned on, you will then designate which Payouts apply to the annual payment limit by editing each applicable payout type.
The annual limit will retroactively apply for all reward payments made in that calendar year and will reset at the end of each calendar year.
Once enabled, rewards that exceed the annual $599 limit, will remain in Pending status until you have confirmed that the recipient is in compliance and is approved for excess rewards (see below).
With our Annual Payments (1099 Report), we will tell you who you owe a 1099 to, and who may be in risk of compliance so that your team can get ahead of it.
On the Reports page (located under your account name dropdown in the top right corner) you can easily access and download a CSV report of all reward recipients who qualify for a 1099.
You can customize this report by selecting the calendar year, payout types and recipients that you would like reflected in this report.
Excess Reward Approval
In order to remain tax compliant, with annual reward limits turned ON, we won’t pay anyone in excess of $599 without your permission.
Once you have collected 1099 information outside of Referral Rock and confirmed that a recipient has qualified for excess annual rewards, you can indicate that on their Member Profile from inside of Referral Rock. (Member Profile > Edit Member)
Once approved, a Member can now be issued rewards that take them above the annual payment limit of $599.