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sale of primary residence

I sold a primary residence after 30 years of living there.  Purchased another primary residence. Do I have to pay capital gains when I reinvested the money?

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sale of primary residence

The option to purchase a replacement home at the same or greater price as the sale of the first home to defer capital gains was removed from the tax code in 1997.

 

If you sold your primary personal residence and you lived in and owned the home for at least two years in the five year period on the date of sale, you do not have to report the sale if your gains are less then the exclusion amounts of $250,000 if filing Single or $500,000 if filing Married Filing Jointly (and both lived in the home for two years).


If you had a gain greater then the exclusion amounts then you would have to report the sale. Also, if you received a Form 1099-S for the sale either with a gain or a loss, the sale has to be reported. You will need the online TurboTax Premier or Self-Employed edition to report the sale if you are using the online editions. Make sure that you indicate that you want the sale of the home reported on your tax return.

 

Click on Federal Taxes (Personal using Home and Business)
Click on Wages and Income (Personal Income using Home and Business)
Click on I'll choose what I work on (if shown)
Scroll down to Less Common Income
On Sale of Home (gain or loss), click the start or update button


Or enter sale of home in the Search box located in the upper right of the program screen. Click on Jump to sale of home

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