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Level 2

capital gain

we bought our house in 2005 for $168,000 refinanced in 2011 now my principal due is $136,000 I got a divorce in 2018 and am the one responsible for the home, I plan to sell the home for $170,000 My question is: will I have to pay taxes to IRS on any of this, and also will my ex-husband be effected on his taxes?

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Level 20

capital gain

It does not appear as if either you or your ex-husband will have to be concerned with capital gain. 


The principal balance of your loan (mortgage) has nothing to do with gain or loss. If you subtract your basis (the purchase of $168,000), plus any improvements you might have made, from your selling price of $170,000 less selling expenses, it appears you will have a loss (which you cannot recognize since the loss is derived from personal use property).

Level 14

capital gain

and if you were to have a gain, assuming you lived in the property at least 24 months of the last 60, there would be no tax on the gain up to $250,000 of gain.