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Ezra Dyckman and Daniel W. StahlEzra Dyckman and Daniel W. Stahl (NYLJ/Rick Kopstein)

The tax consequences from the sale of real estate are vastly different depending on whether or not the real estate is considered to be “held by the taxpayer primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of his trade or business” (commonly referred to as “dealer property”). Unfortunately, there are many circumstances where it is unclear whether real estate constitutes dealer property. One difficult question that sometimes arises is when a change in circumstances causes real estate that initially was dealer property to no longer be classified as such. In a recent case, a taxpayer was unsuccessful in its argument that a change in its intentions caused dealer property to be converted into property held for investment.

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