Avoiding capital gains tax on your primary residence
You can sell your primary residence and avoid paying capital gains taxes on the first $250,000 of your profits if your tax-filing status is single, and up to $500,000 if married and filing jointly. The exemption is only available once every two years.
Can you avoid capital gains tax by reinvesting in real estate?
Although reinvesting the proceeds from a sale still obligates the payment of capital gains, it can defer them. Taxes cannot be completely avoided by reinvesting in real estate, but they can be deferred by investing in similar real estate property1.
How much do you have to reinvest to avoid capital gains?
To avoid paying capital gains taxes (and any depreciation recapture), you can reinvest in a "like-kind" asset with a sales price of at least $500,000. The IRS allows virtually any commercial real estate property to qualify as 'like-kind” as long as you hold it for investment purposes.
Do you pay capital gains if you reinvest in a new home?
How long do you have to reinvest money from sale of primary residence?
Under the IRS Section 1031, if you reinvest your gains into a 'like-kind' property within 180 days of the sale, you may qualify for a deferral on capital gains tax.
How is an agent's commission typically paid in a residential rental transaction?
For rental properties, it's common for the landlord to pay a realtor commission after finding a tenant. If this is the agreement between the realtor and the landlord, then the commission could be a percentage of the monthly rent. Often, the average real estate agent commission falls between 10 and 15 percent.