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I am a single 68 year old male. I inherited land from my

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I am a single 68 year old male. I inherited land from my father when he passed away in 1995. If I sell that land for $70,000 this year, can I spread out that revenue of $70,000 over a 7 year period on my tax return showing a income received of $10,000 per year and reduce my Adjusted gross income per year?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Robin D. replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Robin D. replied 1 month ago.

You would not be allowed to spread the gain over a 7 year period. The year of sale is the year you report the and pay any tax.

You will only be taxed on the gain. The gain is the difference in the sale price and the Fair Market Value of the land when your father passed away. This would mean that you would not pay tax on the entire $70,000, just the amount that was over the fair market value.

If you finance the sale and receive only a portion for 7 years, then you can use the installment method for reporting. You would report just a portion of the principle and the interest each year as income.

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Expert:  Robin D. replied 1 month ago.

Income averaging for all taxpayers was a way to effectively lower the tax rate on this year's income by spreading it over a number of prior (lower income) years to find an average tax rate for it.

Repealed:Under the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the general 4-year income averaging rule expired in 1986.

Expert:  Robin D. replied 1 month ago.

I add the above in case you were thinking of the older law that allowed for a lower tax.