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sale of rental income property expense

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client had a sale of rental income property in year 2018, received a bill from lawyer in 2019 for work he did in 2018.  can taxpayer claim this expense and which form does he use.  my thoughts are he can not, please advise.  thank you

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IF the lawyer fees are related to the sale of the home wouldn't they be considered part of the basis of the rental property regardless of date paid? I would think as long as he was billed for services rendered before the date of sale or in relation to the sale he would be able to include them. 

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Yes I agree, and they were but this bill client received after the closing and not in year 2018 (as was the closing) but in year 2019.  What are your thoughts.

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