Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Taxable..???


My self-employed father passed away & he had a business
partner. Small business nothing fancy. The business
partner wants to "buy" me out/settlement. We're
talking around 25k..the question this
taxable ???

Thank YOu


Thanks for your question.

Yes, it is taxable, but you may not have a gain.  When you inherited his portion of the business, your basis in the business is the fair market value of his portion of the business as of the date of death.  If you sell it for more than that, you have a long term capital gain.  If you sell it for less, you would have a deductible capital loss.

You will probably need to engage the services of a business valuation specialist to determine the value.  Alternatively, you do it yourself utilizing some valuation models.  This link has some of the most common models that are utilized.

Hope this helps.

John Stancil, CPA

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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


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