Are you thinking about selling real estate property? Are you liberal minded about selling your real-estate or more conservative? There are a number of issues that could impact the taxes that you might owe. Here are steps you can take to minimize the gain, defer the gain, or spread the gain over a number of years. Whichever you chose, you can win from the sale of your real estate, IF you handle it correctly.
In spite of (or in some cases, because of) the COVID-19 pandemic, and with near-record-low home mortgage interest rates, the housing market has been booming. September 2020 existing home sales were up 9.4% from August 2020 and 20.9% from 2019, according to the National Association of Realtors. If you sold your home this year or are thinking about selling it, there are many tax-related issues that could apply to that sale. To help you prepare for reporting the sale you may have already made or make you aware of what issues you may face if you are in the “thinking about” stage, this article covers the tax basics and some special situations related to home sales and the home-sale gain exclusion.