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We cover the biggest Tax Implications when going through Divorce, Capital Gains. During a divorce, when selling the marital home, you need to understand capital gains taxes.
When a sale of the marital home involves potential capital gains taxes, understanding the available exclusion tests is crucial.
The process of buying a new home is an exciting one for married couples. Unfortunately, when it comes time to sell a house, there may not be such happy circumstances. When a sale of the marital home involves potential capital gains taxes, understanding the available exclusion tests is crucial. In general, both the homeownership and the use tests must be met in order to qualify for the Section 121 exclusion.
The current Capital Gains Exclusion on the sale of the primary residence currently allows for a $250,000 individual exclusion. Married couples are allowed a $500,000 marital exclusion. Read below for more details and Tax Rates below.
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Reduce Capital Gains Tax Using Expenses of Sale
Types of Selling Expenses That Can Be Deducted from Your Home Sale Profit
Deducting Home Improvements from Home Sale Profit for example:
NOTE: Regular home repairs, however, cannot be included in your list of home improvements.
Use our Capital Gain Tax Calculator to estimate your after-tax investment gains.
Capital Gains Tax When You Sell Your House at Divorce
What if I sell the property to my spouse because of a divorce, Do I have to pay capital gains? No, don't worry. Capital gains taxes aren't due because this assumes the asset transfer was a result of the divorce. "Incident to divorce"
Transfers of property between spouses or "incident to divorce"
(a) General rule No gain or loss shall be recognized on a transfer of property from an individual to (or in trust for the benefit of)
(1) a spouse
(2) a former spouse, but only if the transfer is incident to the divorce
Incident to divorce - a transfer of property is incident to the divorce if such transfer
(1) occurs within 1 year after the date on which the marriage ceases
(2) is related to the cessation of the marriage.
Internal Revenue Code Section 1041 It specifies the rules that apply to property transfers between spouses who are divorcing or divorced. Property transfers that occur within one year of a divorce or in connection with the divorce are treated as incidental to the divorce.
The asset is not subject to taxation and carries over its basis to the receiving spouse.
Buyout your Spouse during Divorce,
After a buyout, the selling spouse doesn't need to worry about capital gains tax because the sale was part of the divorce. But if you buy out your spouse, stay in the house, and later sell the house to a third party, capital gains tax will apply to that sale. We can help determine how to calculate buying someone out of a house and how to give equity to a spouse in a divorce?
Ownership & Use Rules Ownership Rule -
You may exclude the first $250,000 of gain—as long as you've lived there for two years before selling or meet one of the IRS exceptions to that rule.
Under the ownership rule, an individual must own the marital home for the individual tax exclusion, or a couple must own it jointly for the marital tax exclusion.
Ownership can be established in two ways. First, legal ownership of the property can be proven when one or both parties hold title to the property.
Ownership can be held individually or jointly in various ways. Ownership in the marital home may also be established through legal marriage. If a married couple files jointly, only one spouse must meet the ownership requirement. It may be possible to increase the available exclusion to $750,000 if one of the divorcing spouses remarries and the new spouse lives in the home for 2 of the previous 5 years before the sale.
It is important to note that if the marital home will be sold in the future, the marital exclusion will be required, both spouses must remain on the title after the divorce has been finalized. Divorced couples may no longer be eligible for marital exclusion once the chain of ownership has been broken.
Per the IRS, they generally depend on the taxpayer's marital status as of Dec 31st. However, more than one filing status may apply in certain situations.
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Ownership & Use Test
The Residence Use Test requires each party to have lived in the home as their primary residence for at least 24 months out of the previous five years.
During the last five years, you must have lived in the home as your primary residence for two years. The 24 months of residence can fall anywhere within the five-year period and doesn't have to be in one block of time.
A total of 24 months (730 days) of residence are required during the five years. If a married couple files jointly, they each must meet the residence requirement individually to qualify for the full exclusion. It is still possible for the out spouse to meet the Residence Use Test even if they have not lived in the marital home for two of the five previous years before the sale, as long as:
The out spouse retains ownership either solely or jointly, and the former spouse continues to live in the home under a divorce or separation agreement and uses it as their main home. If ownership in the home is transferred to one spouse without legal ownership via title vesting, ownership in the home may be counted for any time when the other spouse owned the home as time owned. However, each spouse must meet the residence use requirement on their own.
The Ownership and Use Tests may be met during different 2-year periods. However, both tests must be completed during the five years ending on the date of the sale. Generally, a person is not eligible for the exclusion if they excluded the gain from the sale of another home during the two years before the primary home sale.
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Partial Exclusion of Gain for Divorcing Couples
When divorcing couples do not meet the Eligibility Test for the Ownership and Use periods, they may still qualify for a partial exclusion. The IRS also allows a partial exclusion of gains for couples who become divorced.
As an example, Sam and Sara purchased a new home in June of 2020 for $325,000. In February of 2022, they are getting a divorce and must sell the marital home.
The home is currently valued at $475,000. Their capital gain will be $125,000 after they deduct the cost of selling the home.
The standard rule for using the capital gains exclusion requires that Sam and Sara must have lived in the home for 2 of the last five years; however, in their case, they have only lived in the house for 20 months.
Therefore, Sam and Sara may use a prorated capital gains exclusion equivalent to 20/24 or 83% of the available exclusion amount. It is recommended that they speak with a tax accountant to verify their prorated exclusion.
There are several options that spouses need to consider when deciding on what to do with the family house. Real Estate and Divorce what are the options? If you are interested in learning more about an Owelty lien and if you are thinking about divorce, contact us today. Do you know if the house is Separate or Community Property?
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