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Why was there no probate, was the property held as joint tenants? Could you explain more? Some types of IRD (like a 401(k)) might be subject to double taxation and reported on both the estate return (if possible) and the beneficiaries returns as income (estate gets the income and then deduction for taxes it pays, net cash then flows to beneficiary as taxable income, depending). However, other income (IRD) could flow directly to the beneficiary if the asset (rental property) was inherited or other agreements in place. This all gets a little complicated based on timing, types of assets, how assets were titled, etc.
However, there should have been a step up in basis of the rental property going into the estate; or to the other owner (joint tenant of so titled). Then if sold shortly thereafter, there should not be much of a gain (again depending on how titled and step up basis laws), if any at all, as the step up should have been to FMV (at time of death as reported on the 706); the exception being if substantial time has lapsed between the step up date and the sale.
First part, because the asset was held solely in his name, rental income after death (date of death as reported on the 706) should just be reported as income to the beneficiaries. Technically, this is not IRD; that term is used for income earned but received after death (deceased sold a a car but didn't receive the check until after death). The rental income earned in your case is after death and therefore income of those whom inherited the property. Second, the new basis should have been reported on the final return (706 Schedule A or F) and that is the inherited basis. I cannot imagine any significant change in value between death and the closing of the sale 6 months later. Accordingly, there should not be any capital gain.
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