Number six: You can reduce your taxable gain when you sell your home by deducting the total amount of your selling costs including real estate broker's commissions, title insurance, and more.
What is the most property tax you can deduct?
$10,000 per year
If you itemize your deductions, you can deduct the property taxes you pay on your main residence and any other real estate you own. The total amount of deductible state and local income taxes, including property taxes, is limited to $10,000 per year.
How do I avoid capital gains on sale of primary residence?
Home sales can be tax free as long as the condition of the sale meets certain criteria: The seller must have owned the home and used it as their principal residence for two out of the last five years (up to the date of closing). The two years do not have to be consecutive to qualify.
What is the IRS deduction for real estate taxes?
The deduction for state and local taxes, including real estate taxes, is limited to $10,000 ($5,000 if married filing separately). See the Instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040) for more information.
What is the 2 out of 5 year rule?
When selling a primary residence property, capital gains from the sale can be deducted from the seller's owed taxes if the seller has lived in the property themselves for at least 2 of the previous 5 years leading up to the sale. That is the 2-out-of-5-years rule, in short.
Where do I report sale of home on tax return?
Reporting the Sale
Report the sale or exchange of your main home on Form 8949, Sale and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets, if: You have a gain and do not qualify to exclude all of it, You have a gain and choose not to exclude it, or. You received a Form 1099-S.