BobKamman
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I think they probably did get advice before the deal and figured that Daddy would have to pay 25% on the depreciation recapture, but kids might be in a lower tax bracket for much of it, or might get away with ignoring it.   I'm not certain that the depreciation recapture carries over from the gift-giver, but that question hasn't been asked yet.  Had the place been refinanced?  What are the rules on gifts of appreciated property with a mortgage?  I know for charitable donations it can be an issue, but haven't come across it in a family situation.  

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