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Reporting Auction Income

Auction income is like any other income. Although we recommend you seek the advice of a professional accountant, here are some general guidelines to consider.

Capital Gains

The IRS taxes an individual's gain on any capital asset that was sold for more than it was purchased. This can apply to any piece of property, from a share of stock to a classic car to a piece of fine art. If you are not in the trade or business but sell an item for more than it was purchased, technically the profit should be reported as a capital gain on Schedule D, Capital Gains and Losses (http://www.irs.gov/forms_pubs/index.html) with Form 1040. Realistically, most personal, nonmerchant auction transactions do not apply. Because of depreciation, personal merchandise usually sells for less than it was originally purchased. In this case, a seller has no tax liability or reporting responsibility.


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