Category Archives: Sales and Exchanges

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?”

Big Gain on Home – and Military Home Issues

Today TaxMama® hears from Joe in the TaxQuips Forum.  Joe has just returned from 30 years of service in the armed forces. He hasn’t lived in his home for most of that time, so it doesn’t qualify for the personal residence exclusion. Now it’s time to sell. And Joe has a few questions about the […]

Gift Tax Giddiness

Today TaxMama hears from Thomas in the TaxQuips Forum who is in a bind. “Thomas bought a used car from a rental agency, paying by wire transfer, then suddenly got called out of town before he could pick it up. They cannot wait the one, itsy-bitsy, extra day for him to return, so his girlfriend […]

He Bought the Farm

Today TaxMama hears from Barb in the TaxQuips Forum with a simple question.  “The farmer is selling his farm, and everything on it, to his son for $1.  The basis of the farm and the machinery is approx $100,000 and FMV approx $510,000. How do I file their Form 4797?