What are step-up taxes or the step-up tax basis?
As the recipient of an inherited property, you’ll benefit from a step-up tax basis, meaning you’ll inherit the home at the fair market value on the date of inheritance, and you’ll only be taxed on any gains between the time you inherit the home and when you sell it.
For example, let’s say the house you just inherited from your grandmother was originally purchased in 1960 for $25,000. If the house is now valued at $425,000, does that mean that when you sell the home, you’ll be taxed on a $400,000 profit? Luckily, no. You’ll only be taxed on gains during the short time period between inheritance and sale.
What you decide to do with your inherited property has to do with the financial status and physical condition of the property, along with any time constraints.