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# My widowed 94 y/o mother wantt\s to sell her home: built in

My widowed 94 y/o mother wantt\s to sell her home: built in 1954 at acost of app 70K
It has improvements of about \$4,500 for new furnace, \$7,500 for new roof, and about 17k for sun porch.

Her income consists of a retirment check monthly in the amount of \$117.00
monthly, plus a \$1,200 per month social security check. Thats her total inocme

She has been offered \$615,000 for the home, and must pay off a \$77,300 mortgage and pay sales agent repping the developer an agreed 3% commision.

How much, if any, capital gains tax will she have to pay of she accepts this offer for \$615,000 based on these figures?

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Thank you for using Just Answer. I will try to give a complete answer, but there may be situations in which the answer will depend on information you don't have, or don't want to reveal.

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Capital gains = 615000 × (1 - 0.03) - 70000 - 4500 - 7500 - 17000 - 250000 (exclusion, assuming she's used the house as her main home for at least 2 of the past 5 years) = 247,550

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I'm entering the data to see exactly how much Social Security income is taxable; give me a few minutes

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Federal tax (under 2012 laws) would be \$32,441, calculated as follows:

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Pension income: \$1404.

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Social income \$14400, taxable = \$12,240 (= 85%)

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Capital gains = \$247,550

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Personal exemption = \$3800

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Standard deduction = \$7400

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Total taxable income = \$249,994

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Schedule D worksheet uses the following calculations:

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taxable income disregarding capital gains = \$2,444; tax on that amount = \$244

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The first \$33066 (\$35,500-\$2,444) of capital gain is not taxed; the remainder is taxed at 15%.

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I could work out the numbers for 2013, but it's probably about the same.

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So, if her total income (including capital gains) was less than \$35,500, then none of the capital gains would be taxable, which may be what you lawyer was saying. But that's not the case, here.

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If she was widowed less than 2 years before the sale, then she would be entitled to a \$500,000 exemption, and no tax would be owed, but I don't think that's the case.

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