RTO is one thing; what about rental properties? What if you are the landlord/homeowner? What if you are the one offering that rent-to-own property? What if you are the one offering that rent-to-own property, and you get divorced with your spouse? What can you do with those rental properties? How does that affect your taxes? What will happen to your tenants?
Questions, Questions, Questions — Stressful, Stressful, STRESSFUL
Whenever on the subject of taxes, the prospect’s overwhelming. You’ve got that tax return to file. You’re not great with numbers — and let’s not forget about the fact that you’re dealing with divorce, and there are plenty of options on your plate about what to do with the home (and the kids, finances, cars, etc. etc.). Now you have to also worry about rental properties, tenants, and other stuff. It can be a headache.
Here’s what you have to understand about rental property: they’re not your primary residences. Hence tax issues will be a bit different than when considering your actual home, the actual place you live in.
We all know there are tax benefits when selling a home (only when it’s your actual place of residence, though). When you divorce, the question is this: do you want to share ownership of those rental properties (in which case you’ll both pay taxes on them)? Or do you want to transfer ownership to the ex-spouse? It’s good to know that transfer of ownership won’t cause any tax repercussions for either spouse. However, you most likely will pay taxes if and when you ever sell those rental properties; so keep that in mind.
Those Rental Properties Need to Be Addressed
Of course, rental properties are a source of revenue. You want it, you pay property taxes for it; you don’t want it, transfer ownership. If both spouses don’t want the rental properties in question — be prepared. Consult with an attorney, if you will, but be sure to discuss your situation with an expert from the Income Tax Planning Network immediately. You don’t want to leave this loose end untied.
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