Long-term capital gains (held more than 12 months) are taxed at a maximum rate of 15 % ( 5% for persons in the 15% tax bracket).
CAUTION: When investment property is sold, depreciation taken during the holding period is “recaptured” & taxed at 25 %.
- Assume an apartment bldg. purchased nine years ago for $300,000.
- The building represented 80% of the total.
- The property is sold this year for $510,000 with selling costs of $10,000.
- Depreciation, using a 27½-year life, is approximately $78,545 ($300,000 × 80% ÷ 27.5 = 9 years).
What is the tax liability?