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qunjie1
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1031 exchange on a primary residence just got converted into a rental

My husband I have lived in our primary residence in the Bay Area for 10 years, the gain is about 1M right now. we move out in 2016 and rented the whole house out for a full calendar year in 2017, in 2018, we are planning to sell that house and buy another investment property (through a 1031 exchange), do you think my husband and I can still claim the 500K principle residence exemption  during that sale, and defer the remaining 500K through that 1031 exchange into the investment house purchase? Thank you very much in advance.


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TaxGuyBill
Level 9

1031 exchange on a primary residence just got converted into a rental

Yes, you can use the $500,000 Principal Residence exclusion and then defer the rest of the gain using a 1031 exchange.  Here it the IRS guidance about that:

https://www.irs.gov/irb/2005-07_IRB/ar10.html#d0e1794


I don't think there is anything definitive about how how it needs to be a rental property before the 1031 exchange, but if it is a rental for more than a year, you are probably okay (if it was two years, you would definitely be safe).



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TaxGuyBill
Level 9

1031 exchange on a primary residence just got converted into a rental

Yes, you can use the $500,000 Principal Residence exclusion and then defer the rest of the gain using a 1031 exchange.  Here it the IRS guidance about that:

https://www.irs.gov/irb/2005-07_IRB/ar10.html#d0e1794


I don't think there is anything definitive about how how it needs to be a rental property before the 1031 exchange, but if it is a rental for more than a year, you are probably okay (if it was two years, you would definitely be safe).



SweetieJean
Level 15

1031 exchange on a primary residence just got converted into a rental

Of course, this assumes no relevant tax law changes.
Siftin
Level 1

1031 exchange on a primary residence just got converted into a rental

We have a similar situation where our primary residence (from Sept 2010 - Oct 2018) was later converted in rental between Oct 2018 - March 2020. We sold the property in June 2020 followed by a 1031 exchange in July 2020. How do we report this sale within Turbotax to make sure that we can get 500K primary home tax exclusion as well as handle 1031 exchange?

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