Submitted By: Betty
Answered: August 31, 2015 12:11 pm

I had rental property on which there were suspended passive losses. Then my child lived in the property for several years (personal use for which no rent was received). I just sold the property. Can I take the suspended passive losses?

Suspended passive losses become deductible in the year in which there is a complete disposition of the property in a fully taxable event to an unrelated party. The fact that the losses remained suspended during the years of personal use does not erase them; the losses become deductible in the year of sale without regard to passive activity income.

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An amount taken from income as a prepayment of an individual’s tax liability for the year. In the case of wages, the employer withholds part of every wage payment. Backup withholding from dividend or interest income is required if you do not provide the payer with a correct taxpayer identification number. Withholding on pensions and IRAs is automatic unless you elect to waive withholding.

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