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yooper12
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bought a rental house and sold on land contract the same year how do i enter this information

I bought a rental house and sold it 2 months later for a loss in the same year .  The sale was on land contract (payment $0 down).  How do I enter this into tt?

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tagteam
Level 15

bought a rental house and sold on land contract the same year how do i enter this information

If the sale resulted in a loss, you cannot use the installment sale method; you have to deduct the loss in the tax year of sale. You can do so in TurboTax by starting in the Rental Properties and Royalties section of the program and note that you will need to enter information relating to the rental property itself.

 

Also, note that the installment contract has to provide for adequate stated interest and, if it does not, the IRS may recharacterize part of the stated principal amount of the contract as interest (even if you have a loss). Consequently, you will have to report interest income on your return.

 

See https://www.irs.gov/publications/p537#en_US_2018_publink1000221598

 

I would recommend that you seek professional tax guidance on this matter.

 

 

yooper12
Returning Member

bought a rental house and sold on land contract the same year how do i enter this information

thanks,

 

the land contract is 15 years 5%.  So if i record the sale as a loss this year then each year i will have to claim the interest paid to me?

tagteam
Level 15

bought a rental house and sold on land contract the same year how do i enter this information

Generally, that is the rule for installment sales; I would still recommend seeking professional guidance.

 

See https://www.irs.gov/publications/p537#en_US_2018_publink1000221706

Carl
Level 15

bought a rental house and sold on land contract the same year how do i enter this information

Did you rent out and actually collect rent for the period of time you owned it? If not, then I seriously question if you'll report "ANYTHING" concerning this on SCH E. Instead, this would be reported in the investments section as a short term investment since you held it less than a year. *SEEK* *PROFESSIONAL* *HELP* on this yesterday, if not sooner. If your state taxes personal income then that doubles your reasons to need professional help.

 

tagteam
Level 15

bought a rental house and sold on land contract the same year how do i enter this information

If the property was either actually rented or available for rent, then it should be treated as rental property in order to report income and expenses in case of the former and allow for deductible expenses in the case of the latter.


yooper12
Returning Member

bought a rental house and sold on land contract the same year how do i enter this information

thanks,

 

the land contract is 15 years 5%.  So if i record the sale as a loss this year then each year i will have to claim the interest paid to me?

tagteam
Level 15

bought a rental house and sold on land contract the same year how do i enter this information

@yooper12 Yes, you have to report the interest paid to you.

 

Ref: https://www.irs.gov/publications/p537#en_US_2018_publink1000221706

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