installment sale(redirected from installment buying and selling)
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A sale in which the buyer makes a series of payments instead of a lump sum in order to compensate the seller. The payments in an installment sale often, but do not always, include interest to pay the seller for accepting the credit risk that the buyer will not make payments in a timely manner. An installment sale can have tax advantages for the seller. See also: Credit sale.
A sale in which the buyer is scheduled to make a series of payments over a period of time. An installment sale can offer certain tax advantages; however, the seller may have a lengthy wait before receiving the entire proceeds. Virtually any asset, including securities, may be disposed of through an installment sale.
See installment contract.