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A Tax-Wise Way to Retire from Being a Landlord

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A Tax-Wise Way to Retire from Being a Landlord


Frank is 59 and owns an apartment building worth $600,000 that he purchased many years ago for $200,000.  Depreciation deductions have reduced his basis down to only $20,000.

“I’m tired of dealing with tenants,” Frank said to his attorney. “It’s time I cashed in and took life a bit easier.”  But capital gains taxes would take $105,000 of his profit if he were to sell outright, his attorney pointed out.

Knowing of Frank’s longtime service as a Red Cross volunteer and contributor, his attorney suggested a different plan:

Frank will transfer the apartment to a trust that will pay him a 6% income for the rest of his life.  The $105,000 capital gains tax won’t come due when the trustee sells and reinvests, so Frank will begin receiving trust income based on the full $600,000 – about $36,000 a year, to start.  Based on his age and other factors, Frank also will receive a charitable deduction of about $200,000.  Summing up, Frank has:

  • established an income for life – one that can grow with inflation;
  • reinvested a highly appreciated asset without incurring capital gains tax that would have included $400,000 taxed at a 15% rate and $180,000 taxable at 25%;
  • reduced his income taxes significantly;
  • made a wonderful future gift to the Red Cross.

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