2018 Instructions for Form FTB 3805E Installment Sale Income

Specific Instructions

Complete line 1 through line 4.

Other Parts To Be Completed

  • For the Year of Sale – Complete Part I and Part II. Also, complete Part III if applicable.
  • For Years After the Year of Sale – Complete Part II for any year you receive a payment from an installment sale.
  • Related Party Sales – If you sold marketable securities to a related party, complete form FTB 3805E for each year of the installment agreement even if you did not receive a payment. See “Installment Sales to Related Party,” below for the definition of a related party. For any year after the year of sale, complete Part III. If you received a payment, also complete Part II.

If you sold property other than marketable securities to a related party, complete form FTB 3805E for the year of sale and for two years after the year of sale even if you did not receive a payment. If during this two-year period you did not receive an actual or deemed payment, complete Part III. After this two-year period, see “For Years After the Year of Sale” above.

Special Rules

Interest on Installment Payments

If any part of an installment payment you received is for interest, be sure to report that interest on the appropriate form or schedule. Do not report interest received, carrying charges received, or unstated interest on this form. Get federal Publication 537, Installment Sales, for details on unstated interest.

Installment Sales to Related Party

A special rule applies to a first disposition (sale or exchange) of property under the installment method to a related party who then makes a second disposition (sale, exchange, gift, or cancellation of installment note) before making all payments on the first disposition. For this purpose, a related party includes your spouse/RDP, child, grandchild, parent, brother, sister, or a related corporation, S corporation, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), estate or trust. See IRC Section 453(f)(1) for more information.

Under this rule, you treat part or all of the amount the related party realized, or the fair market value (FMV) if the disposed property is not sold or exchanged, from the second disposition as if you received it from the first disposition at the time of the second disposition. Figure the gain, if any, on line 30 through line 37. This rule does not apply if any of the exceptions listed in Part III, line 29 are met.

Sale of Depreciable Property to Related Person

Generally, if you sell depreciable property to a related person, as defined in IRC Section 453(g)(3), you may not report the sale using the installment method. For this purpose, depreciable property is any property that can be depreciated by the person or entity to whom you transfer it.

However, you may use the installment method if you can show to the satisfaction of the Franchise Tax Board that avoidance of state income taxes was not one of the principal purposes of the sale. For example, no significant tax deferral benefit will result from the sale.

If the installment method does not apply, report the sale on Schedule D (540, 540NR, 541, 565, 568, or 100S) or Schedule D-1, whichever applies. Treat all payments you will receive as if they were received in the year of sale. Use the FMV for any payment that is contingent as to amount. If the FMV cannot be readily determined, basis is recovered ratably.

Pledge Rule

If an installment obligation from a nondealer disposition of real property used in a trade or business or held for the production of rental income with a sales price over $150,000 is pledged as security on debt after December 31, 1989, treat the net proceeds of the secured debt as a payment on the installment obligation. This rule applies to the disposition of any property under the installment method after 1989 with a sales price over $150,000, except for farm property and personal use property disposed of by an individual. The amount treated as a payment cannot exceed the excess of the total contract price over any payments received under the contract before the secured debt was obtained.

The pledge rule does not apply to pledges made after December 31, 1989, if the debt is incurred to refinance the principal amount of a debt that was outstanding on December 31, 1989, AND was secured by nondealer real property installment obligations on that date and at all times after that until the refinancing occurred. However, this exception does not apply to the extent that the principal amount of the debt resulting from the refinancing exceeds the principal amount of the refinanced debt immediately before the refinancing. Also, the pledge rule does not affect refinancing due to the calling of a debt by the creditor as long as the debt is then refinanced by a person other than this creditor or someone related to the creditor.

Interest on Deferred Tax

You must pay interest on the deferred tax from certain installment obligations (The rules generally apply to dispositions of real property and personal property on or after January 1, 1990). The interest applies to any installment obligation arising from the disposition of any property under the installment method if both of the following apply:

  • The property had a sales price over $150,000.
  • The aggregate balance of all nondealer installment obligations (arising during and outstanding at the close of the taxable year) is more than $5 million.

Exception: These rules do not apply to dispositions of farm property or to dispositions of personal use property by an individual.

You must pay interest on the deferred tax from all installment obligations arising from the disposition of timeshares and residential lots. See IRC Section 453(l).

You must pay interest in subsequent years if installment obligations, which originally required interest to be paid, are still outstanding at the close of a taxable year.

How to Report the Interest

The interest is not figured on form FTB 3805E. See IRC Section 453A or 453(l)(3) to figure the interest. Substitute the maximum rate of tax imposed under R&TC Section 17041, 23151, 23186, or 23802, whichever applies, for the maximum rate of tax under IRC Section 1 or 11. Enter the interest as an additional tax on your tax return.

Individuals should include the amount on Form 540, line 63 or Long Form 540NR, line 73. Write “IRC Section 453A interest” or “IRC Section 453 interest” and the amount on the dotted line to the left of the amount or include it according to your software’s instructions.

Corporations may deduct the interest in the year it is paid or accrued. Individuals and other taxpayers may not deduct this interest.

Apportioning Corporations

If an apportioning corporation reports a sale under the installment method, the apportionment factors from the year of sale should be used in subsequent periods when the gains from the installment sale are recognized. (See FTB Legal Ruling 413.)

Specific Line Instructions

If partnerships, S corporations, or LLCs elect to expense costs under IRC Section 179, then the partners, shareholders, or members may not include the expensed costs on line 9.

Refer to federal Form 6252 for information on how to complete the following lines:

  • Line 5 – Selling price
  • Line 6 – Mortgages and other debts
  • Line 8 – Cost or other basis of property sold
  • Line 9 – Depreciation allowed or allowable
  • Line 11 – Commissions and other expenses of sale
  • Line 21 – Payments received during the year
  • Line 23 – Payments received in prior years
  • Line 30 – Selling price of property sold by related party
  • Line 33 – Total payments received

Line 12

Figure the amount of recapture on Schedule D-1, Part III and Part IV. See the instructions for Schedule D-1. Enter the part of the gain from the sale of depreciable property recaptured under IRC Sections 1245 and 1250 (as well as IRC Sections 179 and 291).

Line 15

If the property described on line 1 was your main home, you may be able to exclude part or all of your gain. Get federal Publication 523, Selling Your Home, for more information.

Line 19

Enter the gross profit percentage (expressed as a decimal amount) determined for the year of sale even if you did not file form FTB 3805E for that year.

Line 25 and Line 36

Report on line 25 or line 36 any ordinary income recapture on IRC Sections 1252, 1254, and 1255 property. This includes recapture for the year of sale or any remaining recapture from a prior year sale. Also report on these lines any ordinary income recapture remaining from prior years on IRC Sections 1245 and 1250 property sold before January 1, 1985. Do not enter ordinary income from an IRC Section 179 deduction. If this is the year of sale, see the instructions for Schedule D‑1, Part IV.

The amount on line 25 and line 36 may not exceed the total of the amounts on line 24 and line 35.

Line 26 and Line 37

Capital Assets. Enter this amount on Schedule D (540 or 540NR), line 1 or on Schedule D (541, 565, 568) as short- or long-term gain on lines identified as from FTB 3805E.

Trade or Business Property. Enter this amount on Schedule D-1, line 4, if the property was held for more than one year (more than six months if acquired before January 1, 1988). If the property was held one year or less (six months or less if acquired before January 1, 1988), or if you have an ordinary gain from a noncapital asset, even if the holding period is more than one year, enter the amount on Schedule D-1, line 10, column (g), and write “FTB 3805E” to the left of the amount.

Line 29

If one of the conditions is met, check the appropriate box and skip line 30 through line 37. If you checked box “e,” attach an explanation. Generally, the nontax-avoidance condition will apply to the second disposition if the disposition was either of the following:

  • Involuntary (e.g. a creditor of the related person foreclosed on the property, or the related person declared bankruptcy).
  • An installment sale under which the terms of payment were substantially equal to or longer than those for the first sale. However, the resale terms must not permit significant deferral of recognition of gain from the first sale (e.g. amounts from the resale are being collected sooner).