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How is capital gains tax calculated if my 2 brothers buy me out but sell the house in the future?

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My 2 brothers and I recently inherited a house. If I sell my share to them I assume i will incur capital gains tax above the date of death value. What happens if they sell the house in 5 years? Are they responsible for capital gains from my mother's date of death between the 2 of them or are they credited an amount since they bought me out?

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They should check with an accountant as to the capital gains in 5 years. Who knows what the law will be then.

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This is a CPA question not a legal question.

The foregoing is for informational purposes only and may not be relied on as attorney-client advice.


Your capital gains are determined at the time of YOUR sale. If they later sell the property, it will be irrelevant to you. Their basis in your share will be wait they paid; their basis in their inherited shares will be DOD value. In other words, the property will have split basis calculations.

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Just curious how it would affect them if they sell in one year for instance.

Amanda Marie Cook

Amanda Marie Cook


Capital gains and losses are proceeds +/- adjustments to basis - basis - expenses. Their basis calculation will be based partly on date of death value assuming the property was inherited, as you said, and partly on what they pay you.

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