Ready to Sell or Buy a Home? An Overview of Taxes

Ready to Sell or Buy a Home? An Overview of Taxes

Are you all set to sell or buy a home? If the answer is yes, you must have thorough knowledge of all the tax implications when you sell or buy a home. Paying Taxes on Selling Your Home When you just put your home on the real estate market for sale, offers do come up.

Are you all set to sell or buy a home? If the answer is yes, you must have thorough knowledge of all the tax implications when you sell or buy a home.

Paying Taxes on Selling Your Home

When you just put your home on the real estate market for sale, offers do come up. At this point, you might have to pay the Internal Revenue Service due taxes after selling your house. The answer to that question is ‘possibly’!

The Internal Revenue Service enables a certain loophole called residence exclusion or home sale gain exclusion. Fundamentally, this enables home sellers who are single tax filers to keep out as much as 250000 dollars upon their home’s sale or sellers who have been filing joint tax returns to keep out (exclude) up to 500000 dollars in capital gains from tax.

To be eligible, the house should have been your chief place of residence for 2 of the preceding 5 years (at least), and you must have had ownership of the house for at least the same amount of time. Also, the residence and ownership requirements do not necessarily happen in the same 2 years). You cannot have claimed this particular exclusion on some other house within 2-year before the sale.

What that means is that if your spouse and yourself purchased your home 8 years ago for 200,000 dollars, you would not have to pay a single dime in capital gains tax. However, if your total net proceeds from the house sale are greater than 700,000 dollars, taxes will apply. If you sell your home for 900000 dollars in this scenario, 200000 dollars would be taxable capital gain.

What You Need to Know about Capital Gains Tax When You Sell or Buy a Home

Capital gain tax is contingent on your salary and how long you have ownership of the home. The Internal Revenue Service categorizes capital gain tax into 2 general groups:

  • Long-term capital tax gains happen when you have had ownership of your real estate asset (home) for more than 1 year.
  • Short-term capital tax gains happen when you have had ownership of your real estate asset for 1 year or less than that.

The majority of home sales come in the first category.

If your home’s sale generates a capital gain (short-term), it is taxable as a normal salary, at what your tax bracket (marginal) is. On the flip side, long-term capital tax gain is on the receiving end of tax treatment that is quite favorable.

The IRS taxes long-term capital gains at rates of 20 percent, 15 percent, or 0 percent depending on your taxable salary overall. 

Tax Benefits You Need to Know About When You Buy a Home

Two of the biggest tax advantages you receive when you buy a home include:

Mortgage Interest Deduction

The mortgage interest deduction is one of the main tax advantages you get when you buy a new home. What that means is you can subtract the interest you fork out on your home mortgage each year from the taxes you have to give on loans up to 350,000 dollars as a single individual or 750,000 dollars as a married couple filing together.

Suppose you purchase a home at the middle or beginning of the year. In that case, your 1st year of house ownership will also probably yield your largest deduction in mortgage interest. This is because home mortgages are often amortized. What that means is that your payments of interest are front loaded.

Deduction in Property Tax

Apart from your mortgage interest, you, as a homeowner (after you buy it), can also subtract up to 10,000 dollars on property taxes.

This can be a considerable sum depending on the property’s tax rate where you reside and how much money you forked out for your new home.

Remember that when you sell or buy a home, you can reach out to a tax professional. If you have any tax-related queries, the experts can guide you best!

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