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I am over 70 & may be selling my house in the next few

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I am over 70 & may be selling my house in the next few years. There is a large profit. Do I get a tax break for living for 17 yrs. in the house I
purchased a cheaper, smaller house which I currently own & plan to mov to in the next few years.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

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Yes, if this qualifies as your primary residence (and it does - living in and owning the home for any 2 out of the last 5 years before the sale) then $250,000 ($500,000 for those filing as married filing jointly) of capital gains is completely excluded from your taxable income

Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

Capital gain on sale = sales price minus tax basis

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And tax basis is your purchase price plus and improvements you made to the house.

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So, for example, if you purchased the house for 100,000 and sell for 400,000 (and you file as married filing jointly) the 300,000 gain would be completely excluded from taxation. (only 300,000 gain when 500,000 would be excludable)

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If you are single, then only 50,000 of your 300,000 gain would be taxable

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And capital gains are taxed at....

  • 0% if taxable income falls in the 10% or 15% marginal tax brackets
  • 15% if taxable income falls in the 25%, 28%, 33%, or 35% marginal tax brackets
  • 20% if taxable income falls in the 39.6% marginal tax bracket
Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all

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Thank you,

Lane

Expert:  Lane replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

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Just checking back in ... Did you see my answer?

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let me know if you need more here

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