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Do I have to pay capitol gains taxes if I am under Chapter 13 Bankruptcy protection and the trustee kept the capitol gain?

North Port, FL |

I sold land while under Chapter 13 Bankruptcy with the permission of my trustee. The land was owned by my brother and myself. My brother did not file bankruptcy but I did. My brother kept his half of the capitol gains but I was instructed by my Trustee to make payment to them. Who pays the capitol gains taxes on this sale?

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Whether you own capital gains tax on the sale of property while in Chapter 13 bankruptcy depends on the type of loan. For example, if the debt was a nonrecourse debt. In such case, the Debtor would unfortunately have capital gain, as the entire excess of the unpaid principal balance over the Debtor's basis in the land would be treated as section 61(a)(3) gain from dealings in property, and would be included in the amount realized on the "sale or other disposition" of an asset.

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Whether you owe tax, unfortunately, has NOTHING to do if you actually received the money from the sale. Some unfortunate real estate investors are finding out the hard way that it is actually possible to have Cap Gains when the property foreclosed.

You still must run a calculation to determine your adjusted basis, but the fact that the chapter 13 trustee got the proceeds doesn't affect whether you owe tax.



Your best bet here is to ask a CPA (not a bookkeeper!), not an attorney (unless it is a tax attorney).

There are a few ins and outs on this that are *way* beyond what can be answered in this type of forum.


From what I have seen over this past year I would say yes.