Open TurboTax

Why sign in to the Community?

  • Submit a question
  • Check your notifications
or and start working on your taxes
Your taxes, your way. Get expert help or do it yourself. >> Get started
Close icon
Do you have a TurboTax Online account?

We'll help you get started or pick up where you left off.

Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
New Member

inherited a house and sold 6 years later

I have two questions. I inherited a house 6 years ago in 2013. the value was sold house in 2020 used the house as a second home.

the value of the house went up around 100k. do I put the selling price of the house total proceeds(sum of all sales)

then put all the difference  like realtor fees,updates to the house, value difference in Total cost basis(sum of all sales) or do I have to itemize and where do input the data.

second question is the house had a reverse mortgage and I paid if off when inheriting the house. can I deduct the amount I paid off.

2 Replies
Level 10

inherited a house and sold 6 years later

Can't deduct the mortgage payoff from the sales price but you can deduct selling expenses. But updates aren't deductible if they're fixup expenses.

ratings image
Employee Tax Expert

inherited a house and sold 6 years later

Lets start with the reverse mortgage.  Since you inherited the house with a reverse mortgage, you would increase your basis in the house by the amount of the reverse mortgage on the date you inherited it.  It has the same effect as reducing the sales proceeds.     Real estate agent fees, and other costs to see the house will be a reduction in the sales proceeds.  While you were using the house as a second home, any repairs or maintenance can be added to the basis.  If you made additions or renovation, those will be added to your basis.  For example, if you had the kitchen painted, it's a non deductible expense.  If you had the kitchen renovated (new cabinets, flooring, appliances, etc.) that is a renovation that is added to your basis.  If you painted to get the house ready to sell, that would be a selling expense. 

**Say "Thanks" by clicking the thumb icon in a post
**Mark the post that answers your question by clicking on "Mark as Best Answer"

About Community

Learn about taxes, budgeting, saving, borrowing, reducing debt, investing, and planning for retirement.



Manage cookies