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taxmanrog, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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We have a client who owns a rental property and was

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We have a client who owns a rental property and was receiving sale option money over many years and was showing that as a liability until the escrow was terminated and the buyer walked away from his option payments. We have picked that up as ordinary income which seems to be very clear. The question is is this income passive income where we can apply this income to passive losses from other rental properties
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Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  taxmanrog replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  taxmanrog replied 1 month ago.

The character of income always follows the character of the asset. You sold the rental property, which resulted in a capital gain or loss. The termination of the sales option is related to the sale, not to the rental, of the building. Therefore, the income would be capital.

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