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Is the money received from the sale of inherited property taxable???

my mother died, we sold her house, and received 48,667.46 (cash to seller). me and my sister both received a check for $24,333.73. do i pay tax on it? I read the thing on the FMV, fair market value.. but i don't understand it??? you would think the fair market value should have been at least 75,000, that is what we were asking for it originally, but gave up getting it, and finally ended up for selling it for way less $54,000. Do I have to pay taxes on that $24,333.73?"

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Level 1

Is the money received from the sale of inherited property taxable???

We also inherited a house 5 years ago that was sold in 2014.  My mother is still living but it was deeded to us 5 years ago. Would the basis be the fmv at the time the property was deeded to us or will it be $0 because we did not pay for the property?
Level 20

Is the money received from the sale of inherited property taxable???

Something's not right with your statement above. How can you inherit the house from your mother 5 years ago, if she was living in it at the time? Generally, you inherit property from someone who was deceased at the time of inheritance. Was this a UTMA thing? Or something else?
Level 1

Is the money received from the sale of inherited property taxable???

The house was transferred and deeded to the children prior to her death.  She currently still living and they we did not pay for it when the deed was transferred.
Level 20

Is the money received from the sale of inherited property taxable???

Then it's not an inheritance. It's a gift, and if the gift exceeded $14K in the year it was given, it's subject to the gift tax. I have no doubt the property was worth well more than $14K when it was given to you. Paying the gift tax is the responsibility of the giver, and not the receiver. The receiver reports nothing. I would HIGHLY SUGGEST you NOT USE TURBOTAX this year, and instead, pay a CPA to sort this out for you, since your mother has passed. Her estate is responsible for the gift tax. If you just ignore this, it will bite you.
When you report the sale of the property, your cost basis will be the FMV of the property at the time it was deeded to you. If you sold at a gain, you will pay taxes on the gain only. However, your initial acquisition of the property will raise flags at the IRS sooner or later. When it does (note I said "when" not "if") then the IRS can do what is called "clawback" where they can take back in to your mother's estate, from those that acquired it, whatever amount is necessary to pay the gift taxes, along with all the fines and penalties. So I urge you - consult with a CPA this year that you can hold legally liable and financially culpable for the advice and assistance they give you. You DO NOT have that protection in this public user-to-user form.
Also, others are going to see this thread and throw in their two cents. Follow their advice (including mine) AT YOUR OWN RISK AND PERIL!
Level 11

Is the money received from the sale of inherited property taxable???

a couple of points...
The cost basis would only be FMV at transfer if i that value is less then the cost basis of the owner.Otherwise it would be her cost basis. If it was owned by both your parents she might have received a step up in the basis when she became sole owner.
There should have been a gift tax informational form done in the year of the gift but if the estate of the owner at time of death was under estate tax limits(over 5million indexed for inflation) there will not be an estate tax.
 If the home was transferred but left your mother with a life estate where she lived in home until her death then your cost basis might be the value at the time of her death.
Level 20

Is the money received from the sale of inherited property taxable???

This is why the poster needs to consult with a CPA. There's just way to many variables here to be covered in a text based communications forum. It will be well worth the expense for "face time" with a CPA to whom you can present all facts and documentation, so they can be provided the correct information the first time, and that information will be all inclusive of the facts provided and proven by the poster.
Level 1

Is the money received from the sale of inherited property taxable???

what if my parent passed and we sold the house after we cleaned everything out.  Is the price for the sale of the house basically the value at the time of death if we really did not do any improvements other than clean and get rid of personal items? then sold it a month later.  So we are treating the sale price as the value.  If there is not capital gains, do we have to claim anything on our taxes if the net is $0?
Level 11

Is the money received from the sale of inherited property taxable???

to coxdt  Your FMV should be determined by comparable sales. It is possible that the cost basis is higher then your sales price because you wanted a quick sale . Plus the selling costs are deductible expenses since this is investment property . You should have received a 1099-S from the closing company and that needs to be reported. Please note that inherited property is considered to be long term for any gain/loss.
Level 1

Is the money received from the sale of inherited property taxable???

My mother passed away and did not have a will. In her state the next of kin can claim her property and get the deed in our names (my brother and I), but we choose not to "assume the debt" with the mortgage company and just paid mortgage while we still resided in Florida. We did a quick sale to her best friend and received no money, but her attorneys sent both my brother and I  a 1099-S form for 7500.00. Am I suppose to claim this on my taxes??