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How to report 6252 installment sale income

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I  have questioned this for years and have seen tax preparers transfer my 6252, line to many places. I have real property. i.e. single family homes that I sell on installment sale contracts. This is my buisness and this is my job if that matters. I buy homes, fix them up, sell them on land installment contract, and collect payments each year. I use the installment method for all of them.

Are my properties considered Section 1231?  Where does line 26 of 6252 go? 4797, line 4 or 15, OR, Sch. D line 4 or 11? Does it depend on how long I've owned the property? One buyer on installment sale paid me off with a lump sum this year. Does anything change or do I still fill out the 6252 with the existing Gross Profit Percentage, and transfer line 26 to Sch. D or 4797 and add it to all the other installment sales I have?

Thanks for your response!

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Good to see there's still job security in this business.  A call to a competent tax professional is well worth the time (and cost) before engaging in a business endeavor and structuring deals that could potentially have a material impact on taxes.  Even if a transaction could otherwise be valid for tax planning, there are usually things that need to be lined up to make it work.

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Chris - at the risk of appearing rude.... March 28 on ANY year is a bad, bad time to ask a DIYer question of tax professionals.  And this year, well... my words fail me.

AND, if flipping houses is truly your business - well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news; those houses are inventory and inventory doesn't qualify for installment sale treatment.

Good luck.

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Good to see there's still job security in this business.  A call to a competent tax professional is well worth the time (and cost) before engaging in a business endeavor and structuring deals that could potentially have a material impact on taxes.  Even if a transaction could otherwise be valid for tax planning, there are usually things that need to be lined up to make it work.

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Thanks for your response. No inventory here. Installment sales are all current. In 3 decades I have never had "inventory." If payments go late, I repossess, refurbish and re sale.  Sorry to ask so late. I'd delete the thread if possible.

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Just because YOU *think* you don't have inventory doesn't make it so.  May the IRS never come knocking on your door.

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@abctax55 wrote:

Just because YOU *think* you don't have inventory doesn't make it so.  May the IRS never come knocking on your door.


That will be one ugly audit!


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If you would like to read an official document that supports what abctax55 replied to you see link:

 https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=10278851105356139759&q=United+States+v.+Winthrop&hl=en&...

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@Terry53029 

Thanks for that link.

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Your welcome

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