Tag Archives: Real property law

Deeded in Life or Death

Today TaxMama hears from Mary in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs clarification. “My mother-in-law put her house in my husband’s name with a quitclaim Deed, which states it would be hers until her death; and he could not sell it as long as she was alive.  Now she has passed away and the house is […]

Read the Contract

  Today TaxMama hears from someone with an endless set of questions. “It started out as a question about a lease buyout, which turned out not to be about an equipment lease, but a landlord-tenant lease, which turned out to be about a tenant-former tenant thing, which…”  

Unreasonable Rent

  Today TaxMama hears from David in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “My mother has owned rental property for many years and she has a tenant in one side of a duplex that has been there about fifteen years.  My mother has always been reluctant to raise the rent on “good” tenants so this […]

Ten Facts for Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

Courtesy of IRS If your mortgage debt is partly or entirely forgiven during tax years 2007 through 2012, you may be able to claim special tax relief and exclude the debt forgiven from your income. Here are 10 facts the IRS wants you to know about Mortgage Debt Forgiveness.

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 […]

Avoid Bad Tenants

Today TaxMama hears from Jack in the TaxQuips Forum, who had a really bad experience.  “I have a rental property and rented to a woman for a total of 2 months. First, she gave me two bad checks (1st month rent and deposit) and moved in. I found out 2 wks later the checks were bad. […]

Renting Out Rooms

Today TaxMama hears from Bloomers in the TaxQuips Forum. She is renting out the rooms in her 5-bedroom house. Bloomers asks.  “What are the laws for renting out rooms?  If the amount I am making in rent every month, on average, does not amount to the total cost of the mortgage and house expenses, is […]

1099-A Abandoned Property

  Today TaxMama hears from Sylvia in the TaxQuips forum, with this terse question. “Box 2 $160,000 Box 4 $150,000. Adj Basis $210,000. Which Form (982)? and which lines to use.”

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 […]

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?”

Tenant Mess

Today TaxMama hears from Anne in New Jersey with this problem. “My tenant was evicted on 6/30/09. She left owing $4,000 in back rent – and she vandalized the townhouse. So far, I have spent $13,000 in repairs (contractor fees and supplies) to bring the townhouse into rentable condition. Can I claim the $13,000 on […]

Sale of Inherited Home

Today TaxMama hears from Dottie in Massachusetts with this question. “Does the maximum personal residence exclusion apply to someone who inherited a home, had it for 370 days, sold it for a long-term capital gain and received a K-1? He and his dad had lived in the home for 10 yrs previously.”