Will I receive stepped-up basis for stock I owned with my Mom?

September 29, 2008

Date:   Tue, 03 Jul 2007
From:   Jan

Hi,

My mother owned 2,000 shares of stock. Before her death, she added my name to the account as joint tenant with rights of survivorship. All of the investments made in the account were hers, none were made by me. When I sell the shares, can I receive stepped-up basis as of her date of death?

Thank you,
Jan

Answer

Date:   07 Aug 2007

Hello Jan,

Yes. Property owned as joint tenants with an individual who isn't the decedent's spouse for which the decedent provided all of the consideration is fully includable in the decedent's taxable estate, and therefore eligible for a 100% basis adjustment at death (or the alternate valuation date, if applicable).

Good luck!
Mike Gray

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