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Lane
Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS
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Experience:  Law Degree, specialization in Tax Law and Corporate Law, CFP and MBA, Providing Financial & Tax advice since 1986
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I haven't filed my tax return until I can find out about capital

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I haven't filed my tax return until I can find out about capital gains and gift of equity. I gave my son $33.800 in equity to help lower the price when he purchase my home in Prescott. The house was appraised for $185,000 he bought it for 169,000 but it ended up with him owing $35,000, I received $43,000 and gave him 6,000 to do repairs on the house,ie. roof, etc.I ended up with $37,800 so that is my problem how do I put it on my taxes I'm75 so my income is less than $,5000 so I usually don't pay any taxes
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Customer: Did you read what I wrote? I don't know how else to put it. What can I expect to pay in taxes?
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Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lane replied 8 months ago.
Hi,...Looks like no one else is picking this up. I'll help you here....Your capital gain would normally be sales price minus basis ... and basis is your purchase price, PLUS improvements. (Amounts of cash actually received because some of the proceeds you may have borrowed to initially purchase or refinance the house had to be re-paid is irrelevant to capital gain)....Again, the most basic formula for gain is sales price minus your purchase price....But there are a couple of other factors here (1) the gift of equity, and (2) whether this was your primary residence when you sold it....The gift of equity DOES reduce the capital gain, because you gave away that much (that portion) of the house, (you didn't sell that portion). ... So the modified formula would be (sales price, minus purchase price, minus gift of equity, equals capital gain)...BUT NONE of that matters if this was your primary residence (IRS test for that is having lived in the house for any 24 months out of the 5 years before the sale) ... Because if so, then $250,000 of gain ($500,000 for those married filing jointly) is completely excluded from taxes anyway....Please let me know what questions you have from here..Lane....I hold a law degree (JD, Juris Doctorate), with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA, with specialization in finance & tax, as well as CFP® and CRPS designations. - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate & tax advice since 1986.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No not quite,I guess I'll take it to a CPA, I usually do my taxes on Turbo Tax, I don't have all the information available as yet to do my taxes haven't received some information. I did request an extension... I'm pretty good at figuring things out, this however confused me so I need to take my time. Thank you for your help but it didn't clarify what I needed to know.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
When I get my stuff together I'll ask again then I can do it right. Thanks I just need to get my ducks in order.
Expert:  Lane replied 8 months ago.
Was this you home?...And did you live in for for years?...If so there IS no gain and IS NO tax.
Expert:  Lane replied 8 months ago.
If there is a reportable gain (because this WASN'T your primary residence) then it's sales price, minus gifted amount, minus your purchase price....I'd appreciate a positive rating (using the faces or stars on your screen, and then clicking “submit”) I will not be credited for the work here, until you have rated me positively....Thank you!Lane…

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