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In most cases, the gain on the sale of a principal residence is exempt from taxation.


To be defined as the taxpayer’s principal residence, the taxpayer must have owned the home and used it as his/her principal residence for at least two years during the 5-year period ending on the date of sale.


The amount of gain on a personal residence that can be excluded from taxable income is dependent on the taxpayer’s filing status.


Excludable amounts of gain are as follows:


  • Single                $250,000

  • Married Filing Jointly        $500,000

  • Married Filing Separately    $250,000

  • Head of Household        $250,000

  • Qualifying Widow(er)        $500,000

(sale within 2 years from death of spouse)

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