By David deForrest
I sold my primary residence this year. What tax
forms do I need to file?
According to the IRS, if you meet the ownership and use tests, you will
generally only need to report the sale of your home if your gain is more than
$250,000 ($500,000 if married filing a joint return). This means that during the
5-year period ending on the date of the sale, you must have:
If you owned and lived in the property as your main home for less than 2
years, you may still be able to claim an exclusion in some cases. The
maximum amount you can exclude will be reduced. If you are required to
report a gain, it is reported on Form 1040, SCHEDULE D, Capital Gains
- Owned the home for at least 2 years (the ownership test), and
- Lived in the home as your main home for at least 2 years (the use test).
For additional information on selling your home, refer to Publication 523,
Selling Your Home.
Unless otherwise stated square footage and lot dimensions appearing herein are
derived from county records and may or may not be accurate.
If square footage is material to a transaction a survey or other measurement is
recommended. This information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Current or
previous year’s taxes may not accurately forecast future property taxes.
Property taxes can increase from one year to the next for various reasons.
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