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Hi and welcome to our site!Income is NOT recognized as long as the property is not sold.So - if you own the property - there is no income. Income will recognize in the year of sale.You may not shift income recognition to a different tax year. Sorry.If you will use the property as your primary residence at least two out of last five years before the sale - you will be eligible to exclude part of the gain (not related to depreciation recapture) from taxable income.However - because the property was rental property before conversion into your primary residence - you need to use it as your residence at least five years to be eligible for the full exclusion.
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Thanks for the quick response. Independent of the change in status of the formal rental property, we are considering making a charitable contribution and wondered if the contribution of the gift and recognition of higher income could be timed to occur in the same tax year.