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I have a single member LLC that purchases, rehabs, and sells

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I have a single member LLC that purchases, rehabs, and sells real estate. All properties sold last year were held less than 1 year. Should I report them on Schedule D or treat as ordinary income (entering proceeds as income and using the COGS calculation for the basis) on Schedule C? If I put them on Schedule D, the LLC will produce a loss.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Capital Gains and Losses
Expert:  TaxRobin replied 1 year ago.

Hello

Real estate dealers buy and sell real estate as part of their everyday business. Real estate professionals who are involved in “flipping” (i.e. buying real estate with the intention of selling it for a profit in a short time frame) are usually considered dealers.

When real estate dealers sell their properties, those properties are considered inventory and any gains are taxed at the dealers’ ordinary income tax rates.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
skip the Schedule D and complete everything on Schedule C?
Expert:  TaxRobin replied 1 year ago.

All your costs, acquisition, rehab, holding, re-sell all add and make up your total basis. That figure subtracted from the sale price is the remaining profit which is reported on your schedule C.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I guess, technically, it doesn't matter? If I did a Schedule D, it will show as short-term capital gain on 1040 and will be taxed at ordinary rates as well. I think last year, my tax guy put the sale on Schedule D (he was hired by my now ex-husband so I'm not using him this year!!) since I had a personal sale of a rental property. I just don't want the LLC to show a loss again! Also, don't want an audit trigger!!
Expert:  TaxRobin replied 1 year ago.

The rates will be the same because short term is ordinary rate for tax.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I haven't had enough coffee yet this morning, LOL! Just so I'm tracking, list the sale proceeds as income in Part 1 of Sch C and put the basis in the COGS calculation in Part 3...all other costs/expenses not directly related (liability insurance for the business, supplies, etc) in Part 2.
Expert:  TaxRobin replied 1 year ago.

You are buying and selling property just like a store buys and sells items. You have to report this on Schedule C.

The sales go on the C as Gross. The basis is the cost to purchase plus the rehab costs.

All other business costs on the schedule C in their appropriate line (insurance, office supplies,...)

Yes

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