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Capital gains tax is that part of your income that you make on the sale of an asset. It’s stated as a percentage of the gain you made when the value of an asset increases over time. This can be expensive if you inherit a lot of money, even more so if it’s money that has increased in value during your lifetime. Luckily, there are ways to avoid paying capital gains tax on the inherited property while still being able to enjoy your inheritance.

What are capital gains and how are they taxed?

Capital gains are the profit made from selling an investment that has seen a significant increase in value. Often, this is done with securities, but there are many types of investments people can make. It is an asset that has increased in value and is sold for more than the cost of purchasing it. For example, if an investor bought a stock for $10 on November 1st and then sold it on December 6th for $47, they would have made a capital gain. Capital gains are taxed at a different rate than other income sources because the investor typically doesn’t receive money from the sale of the asset that they already had.

How do inheritances work and when does my estate have to file?

If you inherit property from a relative, you will want to keep track of the value of the property and use it wisely to minimize your tax burden. You are required to report the income and sale of all assets that would cause capital gains taxes if sold within 60 days. If the inheritance is held for more than 60 days, those assets must be reported on your next tax return.

Tips for avoiding capital gains tax on inherited property

When someone passes away, their estate is typically passed on to their heirs in the form of property. If a person leaves their home or property to an heir or beneficiary before they pass, it is possible that there can be a capital gains tax on what was left to them. This is because there was again made on a sale of that property.  This tax does not apply if the person who inherited that property did so before they passed away. In this case, the gain on what was left to them would be considered a gift rather than a sale and therefore wouldn’t be subject to capital gains tax.

What can I do to make sure I don’t have to pay high taxes on an inheritance?

One of the best ways to avoid taxes on an inheritance is to pay income tax in advance. There are a few different methods that people can use. One way is to make sure that someone (like your own child) inherits the property and pays income tax on it before they inherit. Another way is to give your child a trust fund – this way you don’t have to pay any taxes because the money comes out of your estate, not the children’s.


When someone inherits money, they may have to pay capital gains tax on the amount of money they had when they inherited it. This can be a complicated issue and one that needs to be carefully considered. To avoid this tax, the person should put the money in an irrevocable trust.