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Understanding Installment Sales Taxation

Understanding Installment Sales Taxation

When there is an installment sale for the purpose of tax, the payment for the property sale spans more than one tax year. This was one of congress's actions, which allows taxpayers to pay their taxes when they sell or dispose of other properties after getting the payment for such properties. If the installment method didn't exist, the taxpayer would have reported a considerable gain while most of the sales proceed are not received yet since the growth has to be reported at the year of purchase. 

This method, however, does not allow for the deferment of losses. The tax rate that can be applied to a gain is a function of the period of receipt of the payment, not the date it was sold. If there will be any depreciation for the property, it needs to be reported and recapture in the year it was sold, and the tax that applies will be the available rate.  The capital gain will be estimated by adding the recaptured depreciation to the property basis.

If the seller will lose due to the property disposition, an installment sale method is not applicable. Also, the loss needs to be claimed in the disposition year if it relates to a business or investment property. 

As an example, let's assume that the installment method does not exist for tax reporting. A seller pays $50,000 in the first year for a property that costs $250,000, while the $200,000 balance spreads over the next four years. The tax will be on the full profit, not the first $50,000 payment. This method is allowed for people who anticipate that they will have a higher tax rate later.

This method applies to many property types except:

  • Securities traded publicly

  • Properties sold while in business except:

  1. People dealing in timeshare units in which they only sold six weeks or less of the right to make use of real property

  2. People dealing in residential lots may be able to use the installment approach provided the seller had no improvement activity on the lot.


Dealers need to make available the gain in the year they sold the personal property they held to resell to their customers. However, people that deal in residential lots timeshares can choose to pay taxes with the installment method provided they pay interest for the deferral.

A property that qualifies for installment method and is sold on an installment basis will necessitate using the installment method, except the taxpayer intentionally chooses to report the entire installment amount in the year it was sold. 

There should be an amended return filed within six months of the due date specified on the return for a taxpayer who chooses to opt-out of the installment method with a filed tax return. 


Deducing Installment Payment Taxes 

Many things make up an installment payment. These are:

  • Interest income

  • Capital gain on sale

  • Adjusted basis return 

The report of an installment payment involves the reporting of both gain and interest from the sale. While the down payment has no interest, consequent installment payments will have some form of interest. A sales contract for installment sales without a minimum interest might need to estimate unstated interest. 

The selling price is the total funds received, the property's market value alongside a paid debt from the buyer or a promissory note, plus the buyer's expense, which includes taxes. 

There will also be prorated gains that will apply to installment, which applies for the tax year that the installments were obtained. A long-term gain rate will apply to a capital asset held for over a year and sold, or else, and it will be taxed at the ordinary income rate. Any payment made as a lump sum in a year after the treatment of the sale will be classified as an installment sale.

For each installment period, the gain will be estimated with the formula:

Annual gain is Total gain divided by the contract price. The value will be multiplied by the yearly payment. Taxpayers should note that the interest does not reflect in the calculation.


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Understanding Installment Sales Taxation 

When there is an installment sale for the purpose of tax, the payment for the property sale spans more than one tax year. This was one of congress's actions, which allows taxpayers to pay their taxes when they sell or dispose of other properties after getting the payment for such properties. If the installment method didn't exist, the taxpayer would have reported a considerable gain while most of the sales proceed are not received yet since the growth has to be reported at the year of purchase. 

This method, however, does not allow for the deferment of losses. The tax rate that can be applied to a gain is a function of the period of receipt of the payment, not the date it was sold. If there will be any depreciation for the property, it needs to be reported and recapture in the year it was sold, and the tax that applies will be the available rate.  The capital gain will be estimated by adding the recaptured depreciation to the property basis.

If the seller will lose due to the property disposition, an installment sale method is not applicable. Also, the loss needs to be claimed in the disposition year if it relates to a business or investment property. 

As an example, let's assume that the installment method does not exist for tax reporting. A seller pays $50,000 in the first year for a property that costs $250,000, while the $200,000 balance spreads over the next four years. The tax will be on the full profit, not the first $50,000 payment. This method is allowed for people who anticipate that they will have a higher tax rate later.

This method applies to many property types except:

  • Securities traded publicly

  • Properties sold while in business except:

  1. People dealing in timeshare units in which they only sold six weeks or less of the right to make use of real property

  2. People dealing in residential lots may be able to use the installment approach provided the seller had no improvement activity on the lot.


Dealers need to make available the gain in the year they sold the personal property they held to resell to their customers. However, people that deal in residential lots timeshares can choose to pay taxes with the installment method provided they pay interest for the deferral.

A property that qualifies for installment method and is sold on an installment basis will necessitate using the installment method, except the taxpayer intentionally chooses to report the entire installment amount in the year it was sold. 

There should be an amended return filed within six months of the due date specified on the return for a taxpayer who chooses to opt-out of the installment method with a filed tax return. 


Deducing Installment Payment Taxes 

Many things make up an installment payment. These are:

  • Interest income

  • Capital gain on sale

  • Adjusted basis return 

The report of an installment payment involves the reporting of both gain and interest from the sale. While the down payment has no interest, consequent installment payments will have some form of interest. A sales contract for installment sales without a minimum interest might need to estimate unstated interest. 

The selling price is the total funds received, the property's market value alongside a paid debt from the buyer or a promissory note, plus the buyer's expense, which includes taxes. 

There will also be prorated gains that will apply to installment, which applies for the tax year that the installments were obtained. A long-term gain rate will apply to a capital asset held for over a year and sold, or else, and it will be taxed at the ordinary income rate. Any payment made as a lump sum in a year after the treatment of the sale will be classified as an installment sale.

For each installment period, the gain will be estimated with the formula:

Annual gain is Total gain divided by the contract price. The value will be multiplied by the yearly payment. Taxpayers should note that the interest does not reflect in the calculation.


FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SEE HOW KLSM CPA FIRM, PLLC CAN BEST HELP YOU WITH YOUR TAX FILING NEEDS, PLEASE CLICK THE BLUE TAB ON THIS PAGE.


THANKS FOR VISITING.





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