We raise the question, because home selling has a specific benefit many enjoy: the tax benefits. That’s what we mean when we say we can maximize taxes by taking advantage of the exemptions. Deductions, deductions, deductions. You get all the profit when you sell.
But Only When the Property Is Your Actual Home
Case in point: a vacation home won’t apply to those same exemptions. So what can you do? If you want to sell that vacation home, be prepared; you might have to pay taxes on it. And this is precisely the case when facing divorce, a situation littered with plenty of options regarding property.
Be prepared to pay some capital gains tax if you sell that vacation home. How much that tax will be will depend on your actual income. So let’s say you don’t have a whole lot of income, and your ex-spouse transfers ownership to you… Sell that vacation home, and you can retain a great portion of that profit down the road.
There is the possibility of a ‘partial exclusion’, though, where you may prove that you’ve lived in the residence for two years or more. If that’s the case, selling the vacation home can earn you 40% of the profit that would otherwise go to capital gains tax. Might be a pretty good option for you as well as the ex-spouse!
Either Way You Look at It, You’re Going to Need to Consult the Experts to Maximize Taxes
A qualified and experienced divorce attorney will help you tremendously regarding that vacation home. Maximize taxes, of course, by registering with an expert from the Income Tax Planning Network. Find out whether or not you want that vacation home on your plate. It all depends on what you want to pay on taxes or not. Because remember: it’s just property. Think of your finances.