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A tax term used in the calculation of gain realized on an installment sale. It is the selling price, minus any mortgage debt assumed by the buyer, plus the excess of any such liens collected in addition to the seller's equity in the property.
With respect to an installment sale, one of the amounts used to compute the percentage of each principal payment that is taxable as gain. The contract is equal to the gross selling price when no mortgages are assumed. If a mortgage is assumed, the contract price is the gross selling price minus the amount of the mortgage plus the excess (if any) of the mortgage over the seller's basis and expenses of sale.