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What are the tax implications of transferring real property(no mortgage) to a LLC, federal and state?

Cincinnati, OH |
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Like most answers to questions asked of attorneys, the answer is "It depends." If a single individual owns the real estate and transfers it to a single-member LLC that is not taxed as a corporation, the answer is probably no. If the property is owned by a husband and wife and the LLC is a multi-member LLC, there may be eventual tax implications, but none immediately.

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There is no immediate taxable event when the property is transferred to the LLC. Section 712 of the Internal Revenue Code provides generally that no gain or loss is recognized when property is contributed to a partnership (assuming LLC is taxed as a partnership) in exchange for a partnership interest. Section 351 is the equivalent corporate code section, but unlike partnership rules, has a control requirement.

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