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Subject:  S.O.S. MOTLEY FOOL STAFF Date:  12/26/2004  10:15 AM
Author:  CUBE2U2 Number:  74925 of 121599

BIG QUESTION:

I will do my best to describe this in as few a words as possible.

Wife and I - inherited 80 acres, built house on 2 acres for cost of about $280,000

80 acres was given to us over a 4 year period as a gift equalling $160,000. (Tax exempted because $20,000 given to spouse and $20,000 given to me each year - $40,000 per year for 4 years)

Question: How to dodge taxes on gains if property sold.

New appraised property value: $10,000 / acre -
but given to us at a value of $2,000 / acre
Difference of $8,000 per acre if sold - (We would have to pay taxes on this $8,000 right?)

How can we dodge paying these taxes?

An idea:

Could house be used as a leverage? In other words, if we have lived in the house for 2 years could we sell house along with so many extra acres of land (that could be further subdivided by purchaser) but included in house sell to allow upto $500,000 gain for spouse and me but pay no capital gains? (ps: We don't want to sell our house. Is there a way to do it on paper somehow to dodge taxes, and then get it back in a completely legal manner?

Or is there another way to sell the property without selling our house to avoid capital gains?

sincerey,

Struggling Fool





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