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Tax Basis in Gifted Stock

1. Boyd Smith acquires 100 shares of Evans Corporation stock for $3,000 on January 8, 2007. He gave the stock to his daughter Susan on January 8, 2008, when the fair market value was $2,400. On March 22, 2008, Susan sold the stock for $1,500. What is the nature and the amount of the gain or loss for Susan in 2008?

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IRC Section 1001(a) states that "The gain from the sale or other disposition of property shall be the excess of the amount realized therefrom over the adjusted basis provided in section 1011 for determining gain, and the loss shall be the excess of the adjusted basis provided in such section for determining loss over the amount realized." IRC Section 1015(a) provides that "If the property was acquired by gift after December 31, 1920, the basis shall be the same as it would be in the hands of the donor or the last preceding owner by whom it was not acquired by gift, except that if such basis (adjusted for the period before the date of the ...

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This solution provides both the Internal Revenue Code cite for determining a taxpayer's adjusted basis in stock gifted to her, and the computation of the basis and treatment of any gain or loss resulting from its disposition.