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Rental Home Sale

Can I get help in determining how much money I'll need to set aside for the sale of a rental property.  Home was purchased in 2002.  We lived there until 2013 and then converted it into a rental property for seven years.  House is being sold this month.  Purchased for 180,000.00  Selling for 312,000.00.

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Rental Home Sale

You don't give anywhere enough info to possibly do even a rough guess ... so if you used the downloaded program last year YOU  have the ability to what if to your heart's delight ...  hopefully you have taken depreciation as required all these years ... if you have not then RUN to a local professional to get the 2020 filed correctly and get the error fixed.



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Rental Home Sale

as an extremely rough estimate

your gain is the $312K less the $180K + the depreciation you took or should have taken 

say that's $30K so your gain is $162 k of which the $30K will be tax at about 25% and $132k will be tax at about 20%


if you made capital improvements from the date of purchase that would increase your basis and reduce the gain. if made these improvements should have been depreciated along with the original cost (less the amount that should have been allocated to land) 

your other income for the year of sale could greatly affect the above estimate 

for ex


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Thank you so much for responding back to me on this.  Here's some additional information that may help.

- I'm looking that the HUD statement for when I purchased the home and I paid a total of 8208.01 in closing costs. 

- When I sell the home the HUD statement says I'll be paying $20.500.00 in closing costs.

- I lived in the home from 9/2002 until 7/2013.  During that time I made a lot of upgrades to the home.  Which I have kept the receipts for.  The total of those upgrades before converting it into a rental property $32,000.

- According to my 2018 return filing jointly are income was $152,813

- According to my 2019 return filing jointly are income was $168,319

- The depriciation schedule shows the following:







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Rental Home Sale

the closing costs you said you paid (I'm assuming they are actually closing costs and don't include any amounts which were or are either not deductible - like a deposit to and/or redemption of a real estate tax escrow account or should have been or will be deductible such as proration of real estate taxes upon purchase and sale) total about $30K which reduce your gain so does the amounts paid for improvements.  you can now figure your gain  - purchase price + costs of improvements + closing costs on purchase  - depreciation that is the larger of allowed or allowable (if you took too much that's what you use. if you took too little you have to compute what you should have taken and that's what you use - see a pro in this case because you have a tax issue that TT can't really help you with) = basis

sales price - closing costs on sale = net selling price

net selling price - basis = gain  

gain - depreciation (again the larger of allowed or allowable)  = portion eligible for capital gain treatment. 

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