Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Estate Taxes


Dear Mr. Stancil:

My mom purchased a property in 1971 for $15,000.  When she died in 2001, it was worth $105,000.  Now, 13 years later, my two brothers and I (all equal beneficiaries of her estate) sold the property for $162,000.

1)  Is the costs basis for the house $105,000?
2)  Will the capital gain be distributed equally to each brother's k-1, or will the estate pay the capital gains tax from estate funds?

Thank you.


Thanks for your question.

Your cost basis is the fair market value as of date of death.  The tax can be paid by the estate or the beneficiaries. It results in less tax if the beneficiaries pay the tax.

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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