Capital Gains On Your Primary Residence?

If you sell your main home or primary residence, up to $250,000 may be excluded from your income.  The amount jumps up to$500,000 for married couples that sell their primary residence. In order to meet the primary residence exclusion requirement you must meet the following requirements: You owned the residence for any two of the last five years. You occupied your residence for any two of the last five years. You haven’t used the capital gains exclusion within the last two years. If you are married you need to meet the following requirements: You are married and file a joint return for the year. Either you or your spouse has owned the residence for at least two out of the last five years. Both you and your spouse have used the home as your principal residence for two out of the last five years. Neither you nor your spouse has used the tax exclusion within the last two years. The required 2 years ...

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Consequences of Unfiled Taxes and What to Do Now

Despite common belief, filing unfiled tax returns regardless of how many years have passed is not as scary as it may sound. Do not be deterred from doing so even if you do not currently have the funds to pay for the taxes. In fact, not filing your taxes at all can often have greater penalties and be more detrimental to your financial situation than being unable to pay. Ultimately, the faster you file your taxes the better. In this case the phrase, ‘better now than never,’ could not reign more true. Penalties for Unfiled Tax Returns While many people avoid filing their tax returns because they are unable to fulfill the payments, the penalties and added fees are far worse for not filing at all versus being unable to pay. In best case scenarios, you may even be due a refund without realizing. Keep in mind, the IRS will no longer honor this after a certain period of time. ...

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