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I just sold second home. Lived in it for 20 years and then split between new husbands home and mine but we used husband's home as primary. My home was not an investment property. If I put the money from purchase of my home towards my mortgage can I avoid capital gains taxes?

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Can't think of anything except does the current value of the home enter into it? If so I took a big loss.

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Tax Professional: Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 8 months ago
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HI, MY NAME’S LANE - I hold a law degree (J.D.), with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA in finance, a BBA, and CFP & CRPS (Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist) designations, as well - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate, non-profit, and tax advice 1986.

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I'm so sorry, but the mortgage isn't relevant to capital gain. The mortgage is just you the purchase was financed.

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It's the difference between sales price and what you have invested in the home (basis) that generates the capital gain.

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Capital Gain = Sales price - basis

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And basis, is purchase price + improvements + selling costs such as real estate commisions

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Tax Professional: Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 8 months ago

However, the primary residence exclusion MIGHT apply. You have to have lived in the house (doesn't have to have been continuously) for 24 months out of the five years before the sale -

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Tax Professional: Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 8 months ago

Finally, either 24 full months or 730 days will satisfy the two-year ownership and use requirements. If this does apply, the capital gains exclusion is $500,000 for those married filing jointly. And you wouldn't be able to use the exemption again for two years (say if the other house is sold)

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