Here are some tips to mitigate capital gains on real estate sales:
- Use the Primary Residence Exclusion: If you have lived in the property as your primary residence for at least 2 of the past 5 years, you may be eligible to exclude up to $250,000 ($500,000 for married couples filing jointly) of the capital gains from your taxable income.
- Consider a 1031 Exchange: A 1031 exchange allows you to defer capital gains taxes by investing the sale proceeds into a similar property.
- Make Capital Improvements: Upgrades or improvements made to the property can increase the tax basis and reduce the capital gains.
- Time Your Sale: Timing the sale of your property during a period of low home values can reduce the amount of capital gains subject to tax.
- Donate a Portion of the Property: Donating a portion of the property to a qualified charity can reduce the amount of capital gains subject to tax.
- Seek Professional Advice: Consult a tax professional or financial advisor for personalized guidance on minimizing capital gains taxes.
Note: Tax laws are subject to change and can vary depending on the jurisdiction and specific circumstances. It’s always best to consult a tax professional for personalized advice.
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