Capital Gains Tax Changes

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Capital gains tax as it pertains to home sales may change with new tax package. Both the House & Senate tax plans call for homeowners to live in their home for 5 of the previous 8 years to avoid paying a capital gains tax on any profits. Currently, the law calls for home sellers to live in their home for 2 of the previous 5 years to avoid a capital gains tax. The taxable gain amount stays the same at $250,000 for an individual of $500,000 for a married couple.

The senate version of the tax reform bill contains a provision where if home owners are under contract prior to Jan 1st 2018 even though they may not close the sale until some time in 2018, the former time frame for tax exemption will apply.

It’s too soon to tell which version gets to the president’s desk if any, but if you’ve owned your home for less than 5 years but more than 2 and are contemplating selling, now is the time. It is still possible to to get your home listed and under contract. Possibly even close the sale if we can secure a cash buyer.

Call to discuss how we can accomplish this.

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Bob Ashworth
Realtor, CBR, CDPE
Your Real Estate Solutions Provider
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, FL 33990

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