People of Ft Wayne often ask me about inheriting a house. One of the first questions is about the tax consequences of inheriting a house. They worry about inheritance taxes and estate taxes. Then most people don’t know what they are going to do with an inherited house. Should they fix it up, live in it, rent it, or sell. Before you try to sell a house you’ve inherited, make sure you have the answers to your most important tax questions.
When you sell your home, the tax law gives you an exclusion of $250,000 (or $500,000 for married couples filing jointly). That means you don’t have to pay taxes on the first $250,000 (or $500,000) of profit you gain from the sale of the house.
However, when you sell inherited property, you don’t qualify for that tax exclusion. In order to qualify, you would have to live in the home for at least two years, using it as your primary residence.
So the short answer is no, you won’t qualify for the $250,000/$500,000 home sale tax exclusion.
You do qualify for a stepped-up basis. Under ordinary circumstances, the “basis” of a property is its cost or purchase price. But in the case of inherited property, the “stepped-up basis” is the fair market value at the time of the owner’s death.
That’s usually a higher number, which can work in your favor. When you sell the property, your taxable gain or loss will be determined by whether the sale price is higher or lower than the stepped-up basis.
For example, if you inherit a house that has a market value of $200,000, and you sell it for more than that amount, you will have a taxable gain. If you sell it for less than that amount, you will have a loss. That’s why you may want to sell the house before the house varies too much from the appraised value at the owner’s death.
If you inherit a house and sell it for less than market value at the time of death, you are allowed to deduct the loss from your taxes. That can significantly reduce your tax burden.
However, only $3,000 of losses may be deducted from your income per year. Any additional losses must be carried over to future years.
Keep in mind that if you live in the house before you sell it, it becomes your personal residence, and different tax laws apply.
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