Monday, February 20, 2006

The Tax Man Cometh

So you are thinking of selling you home and you are worried about the tax implications. Well worry no more! The current tax law for the sale of your primary residence, after May 6, 1997, states that you can have up to $500,000 in capital gains for a married couple and $250,000 for a single person. So unless you are single and paid only $10,000 for your home and plan to sell it for $300,000 you don’t have too much to worry about.

One of the requirements of this tax law is that you must have lived in that home at lease 2 of the past 5 years. If you are a married couple and as long as at least one of the spouses meets this requirement then you are eligible for the exclusion.

These restrictions can be waived and your exclusion will be prorated if you are unable to meet the two year ownership and use requirement for any unforeseen circumstances; such as health or relocation of employment. (Check with the IRS for a complete list of eligible circumstances)

Todd Clark – broker
Kastings & Associates