I live in WA and own a rental property in CA. If I am filing with a single status where I gained $100k from the sale (including depreciation recapture), what is the tax calculation?
Am I correct in saying:
1. The gain is treated as regular income
2. If so, is it as simple as plugging $100k into this income tax calculator for California? https://smartasset.com/taxes/california-tax-calculator#kzBqr1xhyj where it shows I am taxed at a marginal rate of: Fed 24%, FICA 7.65%, and State 9.3% for a total of $28,943
Why do you think that the capital gain would be treated as ordinary income? Even if it was treated as ordinary income, it would not be subject to FICA.
I believe that depreciation recapture is taxed at ordinary income rates, with a cap of 25%, so the recapture might be taxed at 15% or 22% or 24%, depending on your other income. The rest of the gain would be a long-term capital gain and taxed at the lower capital gains rate.
This is all taxable income on your federal return of course. I believe that you will be required to file a California nonresident return to report and pay California tax on this California source income. Since Washington state does not have a state income tax, you should not have to deal with it on a Washington tax return.
@Carl can you add anything?
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I really can't add anything, as from my perspective the CA tax rules are just as convoluted as NY. I really don't have a clue how CA would treat the gain, other than to say I know they will tax it. As for the depreciation recapture, while I would expect CA to treat that separately when it comes to the maximum tax rate, I can't say I'm definitive on that assumption or that the state would tax it under the same rules the IRS does.
California does not have a lower rate for capital gains. All capital gains are taxed as ordinary income.
From what I've read online, CA treats the capital gain on a rental property as ordinary income. Also see Tom's response below. I was hoping somebody could help confirm.
According to this, CA does not have a lower capital gains rate.
However, you will still pay the lower capital gains rate on your federal return, and you don't pay FICA, so your original estimate is incorrect. Your total tax is likely to be 15%-18% federal (if you are in the 24% bracket for ordinary income, your recapture is 24% and the rest of the capital gains is 15%) and 10% CA. No FICA.