I'm a bit confused on one of the answers I saw. It said that special assessments need to be added to your cost basis, and in the same paragraph it said and that could reduce your capital gain. If I'm increasing my cost basis by adding the assessment, wouldn't that increase my capital gain?
No. If you sold it for 100,000 and your cost basis is 50,000 your gain is 50,000. If you add 10,000 to the cost basis then your cost is 60,000 and the gain is reduced to 40,000 (100,000-60,000). The capital gain is the profit.
If I'm increasing my cost basis by adding the assessment, wouldn't that increase my capital gain?
No, it would serve to decrease your capital gain when you sell your property.
Purchase price: $100,000 = Cost basis
Special Assessment: $10,000
Adjusted basis = $110,000 (cost basis plus special assessment)
Sales price: $150,000
Gain: $40,000 (Sales price of $150,000 less $110,000 adjusted basis)
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