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What did you initially purchase your home for, and did you make any significant capital improvements during the years?
So, if you purchased the home for $100,000 and did a kitchen remodel for $12,000 your basis in the home would be $112,000
You only owe tax on the amount that the sales price exceeds the basis. So, if you sold your home for $110,000 you would have no tax because you would have no gain.
If you sold the house for $120,000 you would have a gain of $8,000 --but still no tax would be due because you are able to exclude gains of up to $500,000
If you sell within 2 years you can exclude the entire $500,000 of gain. If it takes longer than 2 years you can exclude $250,000
There's a good article about this topic, HERE
I don't know the amount the house was purchased for back in 80's. The only improvement was the new roof I put up, that cost about $16,000. According to the property tax statement the house value is about $350.000. What I would like to know if it is the truth that I would be able to exclude gains of up to $500.000 in Oregon
Yes, it's true that you can exclude up to $500,000 in gains in Oregon provided that you sell the house within 2 years of your husband's death. You can find your purchase price at your local office that holds real estate deeds - they will have a record of it.
And you can add $16,000 to whatever it cost to purchase the home.
Thank you Megan. I am relieved by this information. I appreciate your help
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