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Where to list inherited home?

inherited home (and mortgage) with siblings.  Recently purchased their interest and now own 100%.  Where do I list this?
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Where to list inherited home?

what's it used for? personal residence, empty, rental, mixed-use 

Carl
Level 15

Where to list inherited home?

If it's a "personal use" property, you don't list it anywhere on any tax return. However, if it's some type of business use property such as residential rental real estate for example, that would get entered in the Rental & Royalty Income (SCH E) section of the program, if you are "in fact" renting it out.

Vanessa A
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Where to list inherited home?

If this is a home you are living in or using as a second home or a home to flip, you do not enter anything until you sell the house.  Then you will enter your cost basis (purchase price plus certain expenses) to decrease your profit from the sale on the house.

 

If this is a home you are using as a rental property then you would enter the home as an asset in the rental section along with your rental income. Click the following to enter the property and costs as a rental property.

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Where to list inherited home?

If you bought the house, there is nothing to report now.  But, to get ready for when you eventually sell, you need to document your cost basis.  The cost basis in your case is 1/3 of the fair market value on the day the previous owner died, plus the amounts you paid to your siblings for their shares.  You should probably pay for a legit real estate appraisal to document the FMV, it will cost you money now but save you money in the long term.

 

If you are renting the house out, you still don't report the purchase of your siblings' shares, but you report rental income and expenses on schedule E.  We can help you with that if you need. 

 

If you bought the house AND sold it in 2021, you may need to report the sale as a capital gain on Schedule D, even though you don't report the purchase.  Before you do that, we have to ask,

a. did you get a 1099-S at the closing?

b. did you sell for more or less than your cost basis?

c. did you make any improvements before you sold the house?

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