There are many forms for confirmation of income in the USA and the goal of IRS Form 6252 is also to provide information about a particular type of income. If you sold something with the installment method and you received one or more payments the next year after the sale you should complete this form and send it to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The main group of people who must file this form is those who received benefits from the property next year after the sale. However, there are some exceptions when you should not use this form or should apply another one:
IRS Form 6252 includes three parts devoted to different types of incomes from the sale. We will explain the proper way of filling out all 37 lines of the form in this guide. If it seems difficult for you to enter the data by yourself, you can use special completing software on our website. It will allow you to avoid mistakes during the filling process.
Write in your name and identification number as they are stated in your year tax report.
Provide data about the sold property
Enter the description of the property in line 1, including the code from 1 to 4 according to this classification:
Fill in the date when you bought it and the date of sale in lines 2a and 2b.
Answer questions about related party
If you sold the ownership to a related party after May 4, 1980, you should check the box “Yes” in line 3. If it is not your situation, check “No” and go to line 5.
Then, answer the question in line 4 if the sale was performed with a related party.
Clarify sale price
You should enter the amount of money you have received or will receive for the property, including mortgages, in line 5. Do not put here numbers for any interests.
Give information about mortgages and calculate remains.
You need to fill the amount of money the buyer has from mortgages for this particular property in line 6.
Then subtract the value in line 6 from the value in line 5 and enter the result in box 7.
Describe the cost of the property
You should fill the cost of the property when it was bought and add all expenses for repairs and other modifications in line 8. Do not include the amount that was lost because of some accidents.
Enter the sum of depreciation connected with the property for the period from its purchase to its sale in line 9.
After that, compute the adjusted basis by subtracting the value in line 9 from the value in line 8 and fill it in line 10.
Identify expenses for the sale
Sum all the costs for advertisement, services of a lawyer, and other expenses connected with the sale of the property and write the result in line 11.
Put income recaptures
Find form 4797 or fill it and put the value from line 31 into line 12.
Calculate gross profit and contract price
When all the values are entered, you should make several computations:
Compute gross profit percentage
You should divide the number from line 16 to the value in line 18 and put the result to line 19. Please, fill the decimal number rounded to 4 digits (e.g., 1.0000, 0.6740, etc.).
Give detailed info about payments
You need to fill several lines in Part 2 devoted to payments:
Calculate installment sale income
You should multiply values from line 22 by percentage in line 19 and put this number in line 24.
In line 25, you should enter the part of the amount in line 24 that was subjected to income recaptures.
Then subtract line 25 from line 24 and put the result in line 26. Do not forget to include it in Form 4797 or Schedule D if you should file them.
Provide data about related party
Pay attention to the third part of this form because you can skip it if you received the final payment during this year. In all other cases, you should fill lines 27-37.
Introduce the related party and enter his or her name, physical address, and identification number in line 27.
Answer the question about related party
Check the appropriate box in field 28 based on the actions of the related party for the current tax year. If the related party did not resell property during this year, you should answer “No” and finish the completion of the form. Otherwise, put a checkmark in the box “Yes” and continue to fill out IRS Form 6252.
Put data about dispositions for this year
In lines 29-37, you should clarify several points about the manipulations with the property by the related party during this year:
You should make the similar to the second part procedure and enter the part of the amount from line 35 that was subjected to income recapture. Enter this value in line 36.
Then find the difference between numbers in lines 35 and 36 and write it in line 37 and form 4797 if you need.
Once you fill out the IRS Form 6252, you should check it and attach it to your annual tax return and file them together to the appropriate IRS department.