Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
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Sources of Income

Determining Income Source

Sale of Personal Property

Seller's Tax Home

Generally, gain or loss from the sale or other disposition of personal property is sourced according to the seller's tax home.

Personal property includes:

  • Machinery and equipment
  • Furniture

There are special rules for gains from disposition of certain investment property (for example, stocks, bonds, debt instruments, diamonds and gold) owned by a U.S. citizen or resident alien prior to becoming a bona fide resident of a possession. For more information see Publication 570.

Source Rules table with sale of personal property row highlighted.