How to Calculate Basis of a Primary Residence Converted to Rental Property [Reg. §1.168(i)-4(b)] [Reg. §1.165-9(b)(2)]

Many people have built impressive residential real estate portfolios one property at a time, living in the property while fixing it up thus declaring it their primary residence for income tax purposes and then moving onto a new house to fix up and subsequently rent out, and repeat. Several of my friends in Colorado, Minnesota…

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Co-ownership of Rental Real Estate Does Not Require Partnership Formation

Generally co-ownership in rental property does not require the formation of a partnership when the following conditions are met. 1. Each co-owner must hold title to the property as a tenant in common (TIC) under local law. This usually doesn’t apply community property. Although the title to the property can’t be held by an entity, an individual tenant-in-common…

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Refurbishing Real Estate for Resale is (usually) Taxed as Ordinary Income

According to Tax Court Memo 2010-261, a husband and wife purchased real estate, refurbished it and reported the sale on Form 4797. They contended the homes were purchased for use as rentals; however, over the three-year period at issue, none of the homes were rented. The IRS determined that in actuality the couple was in the business of refurbishing…

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What is a Real Estate Professional?

In reviewing James F. Moss, et ux. v. Commissioner 135 TC No. 18 to be a real estate professional, a taxpayer must meet two requirements: (1) More than one-half of the taxpayer’s personal services must be performed in real property trades or businesses in which he materially participates; and (2) The taxpayer must perform more than 750 hours of service in real property…

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