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Subject:  Re: inheritance of house - sale Date:  1/17/2013  5:16 PM
Author:  irasmilo Number:  117383 of 121095

Does this apply if the house was not rented? Having a bear of a time selling Dad's house. He died over a year ago. Unfortunately, the value it was inherited at is less than what he paid for it.

IP

Loss on a personal residence isn't deductible.


Yes, but if the house was inherited and not used by the beneficiary (or family member) as a principal/secondary residence, I would argue that the house is investment property. If sold to an unrelated party, a loss would be a deductible long-term capital loss.

Ira
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