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My husband and I live in AL. We have a farm in Ohio. We deeded the farm to 3 children, keeping a life estate for ourselves. Now the 3 children want to sell the house. The farm has been in the family for 3 generations. If we allow them to sell, and we get $200,000 of the sell, what is our tax liability? Do we have to pay capital gains or can that be taken from the top?


Expert Mark Anderson's Answer:

You might be able to exclude a portion of your personal residence. The rest of the farm will be subject to capital gains.  You might want to consider doing a 1031 exchange in to another property if you want to retire like a rental property.  Also, there may be an issue as to what value is the life estate vs the portion owned by your children.  I would talk to your tax attorney or CPA before the sale. 

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