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I had two houses in Texas. The one I live in is on reverse mortgage. The other house was a vacation home in another city and this house I recently sold. Is there any government tax I need to pay or declare on this sale. I am 79 years old and will turn 80 next month.
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Unfortunately you do not get the Capital Gians Exclusion on your vacation home. You only get it on your primary residence. A person can only have one primary residence at any given time. However, no definition of principal residence is in the tax code. The courts decide "whether or not property is used by the taxpayer as his principal residence . . . based on all the facts and circumstances in each case, including the good faith of the taxpayer."

If you have resided in the house more often than not in 2 of the last seven years then it is possible that the house is your principle residence. But that also creates a conflict with your reverse mortgage.

BUT for a vacation home you will have to declare the capital gain.

The capital gain is the selling price, less expenses to sell the property, less any capital improvements (new roof for example), less the purchase price.

You declare this on Scedule D of your IRS form 1040.

As to the principle residence the the capital gain exclusion is up to $250,000.00 of gain for a single person $500,000.00 for a married couple.

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