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Around 1942 my great grandfather purchased 1200 acres of farmland

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Around 1942 my great grandfather purchased 1200 acres of farmland in Mississippi for $6.00 dollars an acre. Later he purchased 636 acres of farmland in Louisiana. He gave his farmland to his two daughters and son. In 2006 my grandmother started an LLC, while she was alive, and transferred her ownership, which was 1/4 an interest in the 1200 acres and a 1/3 interest in the 636 acres to her grandchildren. An appraisal was done in 2006 and for both pieces of land, the appraisal came to 50k. I have this in writing. In 2016, my great uncle decided to buy me out of the 1200 acres and decided to buy 1069 acres for 1900/acre. My personal gross profit comes to around $84,646.00. My question: Can I deduct the original cost basis on this land
(1069 acres x $6.00 = $6414.00) from my capital gain amount of 86,646.00 since this was the original amount of money that was paid for the number of acres I am being bought out ?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lane replied 5 months ago.
Hi,...Yes, this would be correct. Transfers in gift (transfers given without the expectation of anything in exchange) have "carry-over basis."...The original basis of the giver carries over to the receiver of the gift (the land here)....So unless someone passed away and some of this land cane through inheritance (so as to create a step-up in basis - and it doesn't sound as though it does) your basis in the land is, indeed, your great grandfather's purchase price.
Expert:  Lane replied 5 months ago.
I hope this has helped....Please let me know if you have any questions at all....If this HAS helped, and you DON’T have other questions … I'd appreciate a positive rating (using the faces or stars on your screen, and then clicking “submit")...JustAnswer will not credit me for the time and work unless you rate me positively....Thank you!Lane……I hold a law degree (JD, Juris Doctorate), with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA, with specialization in finance & tax, as well as CFP® and CRPS designations. - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/ Medicare, & estate, as well as corporate & tax, since 1986
Expert:  Lane replied 5 months ago.
Hi,...I’m just checking back in to see how things are going...Did my answer help?...Let me know…...Thanks,Lane
Expert:  Lane replied 5 months ago.
Did you see my answer?