Tax Obligations When Inheriting a House


When you inherit a house, there are several tax obligations that you will need to take care of. The amount of money that you will have may not be enough to pay all these taxes, so it is best that you start planning early. This is just one of the 4 Hidden Costs You Can Face When Inheriting a Property in Richmond. Additional costs are the Utility and Maintenance Bills with Inherited Properties and potential Mediation Expenses for Inherited Real Estate.

Property taxes

Property taxes are typically the largest tax bill you will pay when you inherit real estate. The amount of property tax you receive depends on where your home is located, as well as its value. Property taxes are typically paid annually and vary dramatically by location. You can choose to pay them in advance or on a monthly basis but doing so may mean that some money is wasted if your home sells before the end of the year (or month). You also may be liable for past due amounts.

Capital gains tax

If you inherit a house, capital gains tax is not payable. This is because it’s considered to be your main residence and therefore exempt from capital gains tax.

However, if you sell the house within two years of inheriting it (or four years if there was no will), then any profit made on that sale becomes liable for capital gains tax.

State inheritance tax

State inheritance tax is a tax on the estate of the deceased. It’s usually a percentage of the value of your inheritance and can be higher than federal inheritance tax. The state taxes only apply if you live in that particular state, so if your parents move to another state before they die, there may not be any additional taxes to pay (though it depends on where they decide to settle down).

The estate is all property owned by someone who has died; this includes all assets such as real estate or bank accounts as well as debts owed by them at death. For example: If someone owns $100K worth of stocks with an adjusted cost base (ACB)*, then when they pass away their ACB will increase to $110K because capital gains were incurred during life–but if no one bought those stocks from them while alive then upon death there would be no capital gains!

Liquidity issues

One of the biggest issues that you’ll need to consider is liquidity. If you inherit a house, there are a number of expenses associated with it that must be paid before you can sell it. These include:

  • The taxes on the property (including penalties)
  • Closing costs for purchasing or selling the home (if applicable)
  • Any back mortgage payments due on the property

Inheriting a house can be complicated, you need to know what you’re getting into first

When you inherit a house, there are many things to consider. First of all, real estate can be complicated, and you need to know what you’re getting into first. You may not have enough liquid funds to pay the taxes on your new property, or perhaps they will exceed the equity in the house. In any case, if your inheritance is worth less than what it would cost for someone else to buy out your share in an estate (or if there were no other heirs), then selling off part or all of their share might be necessary in order for everyone involved with this process not only receive their inheritance but also get something back for it as well!

Equity may not cover the taxes, you need to have liquid funds

If the house is worth less than it owes, you may be able to sell the house and use the equity to pay off taxes. However, this can be difficult and costly if there’s not much equity in your home. If there are other assets that can be liquidated (such as stocks or bonds), selling them could help cover some of your tax bill without having to sell your home outright. You may also want to consider refinancing with a new lender who will accept an underwater mortgage as collateral; this option might require higher interest rates but allows homeowners with underwater mortgages more flexibility when facing foreclosure proceedings or other financial crises down the road.

There is another option: taking out a loan against whatever property remains after selling off other assets like cars and furniture–but only if they’re worth more than $1 million combined! Otherwise, borrowers would need too much cash upfront just before making monthly payments on both loans simultaneously…and then there’s always credit cards too!


Inheriting a house can be complicated, you need to know what you’re getting into first. RVA Home Buyers specializes in inherited house and can help you navigate all the complexities.

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