Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Sale of rental property


My husband and I sold our rent house in March of 2012. Will we get a tax document in the mail like a 1099 or 1098 or something like that showing what I need to enter when I do our taxes? Like for the capital gains???


Thanks for your question.

You should get a 1099-S.  It will be reported on Form 4797. A rental is not classified as  investment property, therefore it is not a capital gain/loss.  If you did sell at a gain, the gain is you sale price minus cost of the sale minus the adjusted basis.  Adjusted basis is the original cost plus capital improvements minus any depreciation allowed or allowable.

In addition, there will be a depreciation recapture on any of the gain represented by depreciation allowed or allowable. This receives special tax treatment.

Hope this helps.

John Stancil, CPA

Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


John Stancil, CPA


I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


I hold a doctorate in Accounting, and am a CPA. My certifications of CIA, CFM, and CMA are inactive. I passed all certification examinations on the first attempt, and received honorable mention for my scores on the CIA exam. I have operated a CPA firm for over 37 years and have taught accounting and tax at the college level for over 35 years.

FICPA, NATP, NCPE Fellowship, Lakeland Business Leaders

The CPA Journal, Florida CPA Today, Green Consumer, Green Business, Global Sustainability as a Business Imperative, Palmetto Review, NATP TaxPro Quarterly, Mustang Journal of Finance and Accounting.

DBA University of Memphis MBA University of Georgia BS in Accounting Mars Hill University

©2017 All rights reserved.