Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2006
My mother added me as a joint owner of her home. I have been advised that when I sell the home after her death, I will be taxed on capital gains above the original purchase price in 1956. How can we change this situation?
Date: Fri, 05 May 2006
I suggest that you and your mother consult with an attorney that specializes in estate planning.
When your mother added you as a joint tenant, she made a taxable gift that should be reported on a gift tax return.
I believe the advice you received was in error, but itís not wholly good news. Since you acquired your interest in the property as a gift from your mother, the entire property is includable in her taxable estate, to be reported on her estate tax return, if one is required. (Internal Revenue Code Section 2040(a).
Since the property is includable in your motherís taxable estate, the tax basis will be adjusted to the fair market value of the property on her date of death or the alternate valuation date. (Internal Revenue Code Section 1014(b)(9).)
You should help your mother get the facts about her estate tax situation, or discuss the matter with her lawyer or tax advisor. It may be the situation isnít as bad as it appears to be.
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