Category Archives: Property

Estate vs Estate

Today TaxMama® hears from Kelly in the TaxQuips Forum, who is confused. Let me summarize. “Kelly’s father died, leaving the house to the children. But the value is less than $5 million, so no estate tax return needs to be filed. Why do they need to file anything to report the sale of the property?”

Sold Family Home

Today TaxMama® hears from Madeline in the TaxQuips Forum with this situation. “My siblings and I just sold our family home in New Hampshire. I live in California. We each got $40,000.00. How will this affect my taxes next year?” 

Mobile Home Rental

Today TaxMama® hears from Klondike in the TaxQuips Forum with this question.  “In March, I purchased a new mobile home and placed it on property I own. It is skirted with wheels removed and set on cement pillars. My son lives in the home and pays rent. Is it best to depreciate the home for […]

Deducting Property Taxes

Today TaxMama hears from Karen in the TaxQuips Forum who needs to settle an issue. “My husband and his brother jointly own a second home (both names are on the title).  But my husband paid the property taxes from an account titled only to himself. Can both my husband and his brother claim 50% of the […]

Inheriting vs Gifting

Today TaxMama hears from Terri in the TaxQuips Forum, with an delightful problem to have.  “What is the best way to reduce the tax consequences of inheriting land? The person inheriting the land is not related to the owner.  He could possibly marry her if that would help matters. The land was inherited and has very low […]

Excess Rental Expenses

Today TaxMama hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum, who tells us. “I have more rental expenses than income, so there’s a loss of $20,000. But I can’t use it to offset any of our income.  Can I take the property tax and the mortgage interest that were on my rental house and add it to […]

TaxMama s Tax Quips Possessed and Repossessed

Today TaxMama hears from Mike in Colorado who can’t find an answer. “IRS Publication 537 has a section describing how to calculate a gain, and your new basis, when you repossess real estate. But all the examples, and the instructions describe how to make these calculations when you originally reported the sale using the installment […]

Loan on Two Homes

Today TaxMama hears from Jon in California, who has this plan. “I am going to refinance my current residence for $338,000. I will use $140,000 of that to pay off the existing mortgage. The remainder will be a down payment on my next house. The next house will be my primary residence; the current house […]

Home Warranty

Today TaxMama hears from James in Florida with this question. “I’m a licensed Realtor ® in Florida. If I purchased a home warranty plan for a buyer as a gift at closing, could I deduct the cost from my taxes at years end?”

Lakefront Property

Today TaxMama hears from Carol in New York who tells us. “ I inherited lakefront property in 1999. I recently sold it for $60,000.00 and I am holding the mortgage with payments being made of $600.00/month. Do I have to report the sale; and how will taxes be calculated?”