Submitted By: someone
Answered: May 30, 2018 11:42 pm

I inherited a piece of art that I sold through a gallery. Can I deduct the gallery’s commission?

The commission paid to the gallery is a selling expense that reduces the sales proceeds reported for the transaction. Thus, the commission effectively reduces the amount of gain (or increases the amount of loss) for the sale.

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Tax Glossary

Exemption

A fixed deduction allowed to every taxpayer, except those who may be claimed as a dependent by another person. Extra exemption deductions are allowed for a spouse on a joint return and for each qualifying dependent. A deduction of $3,400 is allowed for each exemption claimed on 2007 returns, but the deduction is phased out for certain high income individuals.

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