CHAPTER 14Property Transactions: Capital Gains and Losses, Section 1231, and Recapture Provisionsgains or losses, what is her taxable income?
1907. Jason (now 37 years old) owns a collection of “video games” that he acquired when he was a teenager. He had forgotten about them until his mother sent them to him. She had discovered them in a box in her attic while she was cleaning out her house before selling it. Jason had originally acquired all the video games as gifts from his parents, so he has no way to establish a basis for the video games. Using information from the Internet, he prepares a careful inventory of the video games that includes their name, when they were first available for sale, their current value, and other pertinent information. He then lists them for sale on the Internet. To his surprise, he quickly gets an offer of $5,000 for all of them and sells them. Jason has no other gain or loss transactions for the year and is in the 25% marginal tax bracket. What issues do these facts create?