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I just sold my home in Bellingham WA and am in the process of purchasing a home in Bandon OR. The home I sold was an inheritance from my parents. I paid my sister 145k to buy her out. I sold it for 375k. I am on SSI and my income is $1,211.00 a month. The home I'm puchasing is 230k. How can I avoid paying capital gains?
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Tax Expert: Chad EA, CFP ®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, Professional replied 3 months ago
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Welcome to JustAnswer! My name is ***** ***** I will assist you today.

To help you further I will need to know.

  1. When you inherited the property and how you inherited the property?
  2. If you lived in the home and if so how long did you live in the home ?
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Tax Expert: Chad EA, CFP ®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, Professional replied 3 months ago

From what you have already disclosed I don't believe your ordinary income is high enough to subject you to a long term capital gains tax higher then 0%

For 2017 the long term capital gains rate tax is as follows:

For taxpayers in the 10% or 15% ordinary income bracket-- you are subject to 0% long term capital gains rate

For taxpayers in 25%, 28%, 33%, 35% brackets--15% long term capital gains rate

For taxpayers in 39.6% bracket--20%

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Tax Expert: Chad EA, CFP ®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, Professional replied 3 months ago

If you have lived in the home for at least two out of the previous five years then you can exclude up to $250,000/$500,000 of profit under the Internal Revenue Code 121

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Tax Expert: Chad EA, CFP ®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, Professional replied 3 months ago

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