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Megan C
Megan C, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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I have agreed to a buyout of my rent stabilized NYC apt lease

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I have agreed to a buyout of my rent stabilized NYC apt lease by my landlord. I have lived there for 42 years. Is it treated as capitol gains, and if so what would the basis be, or is it ordinary in\come

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Hello! I am a CPA here to assist you with your tax questions. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

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There's no concrete guidance, such as a form I can point you to from the IRS which explicitly states that this is a capital asset, however the general consensus is that a lease buyout such as this is treated as capital gains.

Megan C :

Under present law, a rent stabilized tenant is able to renew his/her lease indefinitely as long as they are in compliance with lease terms, because of this, the entitlement is considered a property right, which is a capital asset.

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Martin B Miller, a Manhattan tax lawyer, agrees with this position.

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You can read more about this, HERE

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Your basis in this asset is 0, because you did not pay upfront for this property right.

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Does the State view it the same way as the IRS would

Megan C :

Yes, the state would view it the same way

Customer:

Thank you very much

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