Submitted By: someone
Answered: May 21, 2018 11:13 pm

My parents gave me their home several years ago. They’ve both since died. What is my tax basis when I sell the home?

Because you acquired the home by a gift, your basis usually is the basis that your parents had in the home (what they paid for it, plus capital improvements they made over the years). It may be difficult to reconstruct this information, but their initial cost may be available (e.g., published on Zillow).

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Tax Glossary

Cash method of accounting

Reporting income when actually or constructively received and deducting expenses when paid. Certain businesses may not use the cash method.

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