You owe capital gains taxes – the difference between what you paid and what you sold them for – when you sell a stock, bond, or mutual fund. The same is true with selling a Florida home. There are some special considerations, however, you must take into account that are specific to real estate sales.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only. We are not accountants and cannot give you advice for your personal capital gains taxes. Please talk to your accountant or tax advisor if you want more information on your specific situation
Capital gains taxes in real estate are based on an adjusted cost basis, not on what you paid for the home. Getting the amount requires you to make “adjustments” that will include acquisition costs and costs of improvements.
First, you need the purchase price of your home. This is the sale price, not how much you actually paid as part of closing.
Then you need to add adjustments, which will include:
These items make up the total that is the adjusted cost basis of your home.
Now, subtract the adjusted cost basis from the amount you received when you sold your home.
This is your capital gain on the sale of your home. This explanation is somewhat simplified. However, it is an easy way to help you start looking at this subject.
In actuality, you should consult with your CPA or Tax Advisor for a “comprehensive review” of your particular situation. Plus, there are certain exemptions that may apply for everything relating to taxes.
Since 1997, you can have some capital gain on the sale of a home be exempt from taxation. It is now up to $250,000 or $500,000 for a married couple. For this, you will need to meet the following criteria:
Be aware that you may additionally qualify for this exemption if you meet the IRS’s “unforeseen circumstances”, such as:
Military and Foreign Service personal will also get special considerations. Talk with your tax advisor for specific details to see if any of these particular situations apply to you.
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