Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Inventory


I am starting a new business (Selling Antiques).  I have antiques that I have purchased over the years for personal use that I will be selling from my antique store.  How do I handle this for income tax purposes.  Do I include them in my business inventory?  If so, do I show them as purchases for this year, and do I put them in at cost.  If I sold them at a gain outside my business, I understand it would be a capital gain, but ordinary income if sold through my business.  Is this correct and what is the best way to handle this.


Thanks for your question.

It is a judgement call.  If you are selling the antiques through your business, they would be reported as business income. You would move them (figuratively) to the business books at your cost or fair market value as of the date transferred to the business, whichever is lower.  Record them as Inventory (Assets) and reflect a similar amount as your equity (investment) in the business.

If you are not selling them through the business, they would be treated as capital gain at the 28% collectibles rate.

Hope this helps.

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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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