In most cases, there is a step-up in basis when property is transferred from a decedent.
But, there ARE a few exceptions and some subtle distinctions to keep in mind when you inherit property (be it land/house, retirement accounts, annuity, trust, etc.).To help make this analysis easier, use this “Will I Receive A Step-Up In Basis For The Appreciated Property I Inherited?” flowchart.
It addresses some of the most common issues that arise for those trying to understand their cost basis in property they inherit. This flowchart considers: