Tag Archives: Cost basis

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?” 

Converting to Rental

Today TaxMama® hears from Connie in the TaxQuips Forum with this question “What is the cost basis that should be used for property that had a HUD cost of $63,000 back in 1997 when the current owner acquired it? It was recently (2011) converted to a rental property. The 2011 value of the property is […]

Depreciation Catch Up

Today TaxMama hears from Betty in Arizona, with this question. “ I realized that I didn’t deduct depreciation at all in my past 8 years tax returns. So I will use Form 3115 to capture all the depreciation. But this will create a big loss on Schedule E. Is this loss limited by Form 8582 […]

Rental Property

Today TaxMama hears from Sue in Nevada with a couple of questions. “I inherited rental property and must prepare for the 2008 tax return. Do I use fair market value as the cost basis in figuring the depreciation? Also, how do I calculate depreciation?”

Selling Building

Today TaxMama hears from Oscar in Michigan who says, “I have a friend who wants to sell a commercial building that has been fully depreciated. She and her husband were co-owners of the building. Her husband died in 2001 when the building was appraised at $400,000.00. She is of the opinion that the appraised value […]

My Opinion

Today TaxMama hears from Carrie in IL, who is confused. “I owned a home for 5 years. I lived in it for the first 3 years, then rented it out for the last two. This was also my first sale. I am told many things. Some say I will pay capital gains on the years […]

30 Year old Basis

Today we hear from Joe in Iowa who tells us. “We have lived in our house for over 30 yrs. In April 2007 we began renting part (20%) of our home to a friend. How do I determine the basis of the rental portion (20%) of our home?”

Family Death During Year

Today TaxMama hears from Fran in the Tax Parlor, who tells us. “My mother died in 2006 and received Social Security monthly, getting about $700 per month. In addition, she had investments totaling about $60,000 that paid less than $5,000. Do I need to file a return? If so, what info and forms do I […]

Stock Gifts

Today TaxMama hears from Harry in Connecticut who asks, “If my wife and I give gifts to my grandson of stock worth $12,000 each, what is his cost basis when he sells the stock 10 or 20 years from now, if he has no clue what the cost was.” Dear Harry, This is an excellent […]