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The capital gain on the first property would be closer to $300K.

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The capital gain on the first property would be closer to $300K. The amount transferred was less as we had taken out equity earlier. Based on your answer, the basis for the new property would be 560-300=260K. If we "sell" at fair market value as result of a short sale or foreclosure, the capital gain would be 100K. Our current mortgage is around 400K. We have passive losses of around 100K. That would balance the paper capital gain, I infer. Not sure of what the significance of the difference between the mortgage balance and the sale price of 40K. Loan is non-recourse in Arizona so the lender cannot come at us for this balance. Overall, I conclude that any tax liability would be small if any. Do you confirm this general line of reasoning?

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Let me see if I have the fact pattern down. You have a property with a $260k basis, with a FMV of $300k, and a mortgage on it of $400k. The property is going to be short-sold for the $300k FMV. In addition you have $100k of suspended passive losses that will be triggered when you sell the property.


Is that an accurate summation? If so, you will have a sale for $300k less your basis of $260k, for a net gain of $40k, plus $100k of mortgage cancellation, so total gain of $140k, less the suspended passive losses of $100k, leaves you with taxable income of $40k.


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