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Alternative Basis Recovery Methods for Contingent Payment Sales

Volume 3 No 7    /    Read Article

By Galia Antebi

Basis recovery is important when a taxpayer sells property and recognizes gain over a period of time, or when a taxpayer acquires property – other than inventory that is used in a trade or business – and wishes to depreciate or amortize the cost of the property over its useful life. When a selling price is contingent on future events, it is possible for income recognition – but not basis recovery – to be frontloaded, resulting in an expensive mismatch in the computation of income. Galia Antebi explains how matching of basis recovery and income recognition may be achieved in various fact patterns.    See more →