While you can’t always predict future tax liability on investment property, here are issues that many real estate investors struggle with when structuring an inheritance. Q: We have a rental property (titled in the name of our trust) which shall pass to our three sons upon our deaths. When our sons sell the property [...]
When you sell a rental property and want to avoid high capital gains taxes, a 1031 exchange could help you limit your tax liability. Q: We are going to sell a townhouse in a desirable area of town that we have owned for about 25 years. We rented it to tenants during that entire time [...]
After divorce, your capital gains tax burden on the sale of a property owed with your ex-spouse can be difficult to determine. Q: I separated from my husband five years ago, was divorced four years ago. As part of the divorce decree, he was to live in the house until both of our children went [...]
When you sell your home, you have to pay taxes on the sale. As in this reader's case, factors like a transfer of homeownership can affect the taxes you pay. Q: I have read several questions on your site related to quitclaim deeds and the cost basis when the house is sold. My question is [...]
Navigating capital gains tax on the sale of an investment property can be complicated. Consult a tax professional to fully understand your options and their consequences. Q: We bought a rental property (it’s a condo) in 2005 for $80,000. We rented it out until 2016. Our daughter moved into this condo last year after she [...]
When you sell a Second Home, you may not get the tax advantages unless the home was an investment property and can defer capital gains. Q: We are considering selling a second home to find another one closer in proximity to our permanent home. We do not want to sell until we find another house [...]
Renting out part of your primary residence will change how your capital gains tax is calculated when you later sell. If you didn't have a rental property as part of your primary residence, you could save taxes on up to $250,000 of profit from the sale, if you're single. When you have a rental property as part of your primary residence you have to consider what percentage of your property is considered the rental property and your capital gains tax will change. How you use a property affects what kinds of tax deductions you can take and also how much capital gains tax you pay upon sale. You should consult a tax preparer for more advice when you have a rental property as part of your primary residence.
When you receive ownership to a property through a quit claim deed, you also get the property at the cost basis that the previous owners had. This may lead to capital gains taxes when you sell the home. To know how much capital gains tax you will owe, contact a tax preparer such as an accountant or enrolled agent.