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Inherited property capital gains

Hi,

I’m selling my property in Bulgaria which was inherited from my father in 2004 and I want to buy a rental property here in the US with the money. However my father died last year and I read on the IRS that I only have to pay capital gains tax on the value of the property at the time of his death, instead of the 2004 value when he transferred me the property.  The difference is huge because in 2004 the property was valued at $10,000 and last year it was valued at $220,000 which means that I won’t even have to pay capital gains tax because the value hasn’t changed much since last year. Please let me know if that’s how it works, as I already have an offer and I need to decide in the next day or so! Thank you.

 

Here is the article link and what it specifically says:

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p523#en_US_2019_publink10008937

Home Inherited

Home acquired from a decedent who died before or after 2010.

If you inherited your home from a decedent who died before or after 2010, your basis is the fair market value of the property on the date of the decedent's death (or the later alternate valuation date chosen by the personal representative of the estate). If an estate tax return was filed or required to be filed, the value of the property listed on the estate tax return is your basis. If a federal estate tax return didn’t have to be filed, your basis in the home is the same as its appraised value at the date of death, for purposes of state inheritance or transmission taxes.

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Inherited property capital gains

For US tax purposes, "inherit" means it became yours AFTER somebody died.

 

Because you received the property before your father died, you did NOT "inherit" it.  He gave you a "Gift".

 

For a "Gift", your "Basis" (similar to cost) is his "Basis".  So you use whatever he paid for the property (purchase price plus cost of any improvements).

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Inherited property capital gains

For US tax purposes, "inherit" means it became yours AFTER somebody died.

 

Because you received the property before your father died, you did NOT "inherit" it.  He gave you a "Gift".

 

For a "Gift", your "Basis" (similar to cost) is his "Basis".  So you use whatever he paid for the property (purchase price plus cost of any improvements).

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Inherited property capital gains

I’m selling my property in Bulgaria which was inherited from my father in 2004 ...... However my father died last year

The property can only be inherited "AFTER" the original owner has passed away. Therefore you did not inherit the property at all. Instead, it was a gift, given to you by your father in 2004 while he was still alive. So your cost basis on the property is what you father paid for it originally, plus the cost of any property improvements your father paid for "AFTER" his initial purchase of the property.

Therefore, you will pay taxes on any amount you receive, in excess of the cost basis. it does not matter what you do with the proceeds from the sale either. You will still pay taxes on it.