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Seems to me that the sale price less expenses of sale would be the “proceeds” for tax reporting purposes on the sale of investment property.
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It's not a black and white question. If you get audited for that, they will come up with their proposed calculation. If you disagree, you potentially have it argued in court. Have to think the tax bill would be a reasonable source of determining land vs structure value, but I would have to think that it depends on the auditor you would get
If I may ask, isn't the value of the land vs structure when you buy the property much more important than when you sell? Wouldn't the only reason for this to be of interest to the IRS be for depreciation recapture ? What am I missing?
I agree.... you do this when you buy the property to determine how much of the total property value you depreciate. No depreciation on the land, but required on the building.
If you are waiting to sell to figure this out, you've been doing something wrong.