Category Archives: Personal Residence Exclusion

Divorce Home Sale

Today TaxMama® hears from Greg in the TaxQuips Forum with a very common divorce issue. Let me paraphrase. “We got divorced. My wife and child stayed in our home. I made the payments. Now, when we want to sell it 7 years later, is there any way at all that I can get the personal […]

Cannot Prove Residence

Today TaxMama® hears from Johnathan in the TaxQuips Forum, with a good question.  Let me summarize. “Although I have lived in my home for more than two years, I don’t have proof of that. My voter registration, driver’s license and banking all show a friend’s address. What kind of penalties will I face if the […]

Short Sale

Today TaxMama® hears from YbSick in the TaxQuips Forum, with a common question.  “In a short sale where they abandoned the property and they receive a cancellation of debt, is it non-taxable since it was on their personal residence? Is there a time limit on how long after they move out of the property it […]

Owning a Home

Today TaxMama® hears from 4775wsk in the TaxQuips Forum, with a quick question. “What are the tax breaks of home ownership?”

Property Tax Surprise

Today TaxMama® hears from Tony in the TaxQuips Forum with an odd problem. (Here’s the short version – read the long version on the site.) “He just got a notice that his home is about to be sold because the property taxes haven’t been paid on it. He’s never gotten the invoices – they have […]

Utility Offers to Buy Home

Today TaxMama® hears from Dean in the TaxQuips Forum with this odd question. “The local power company wants to purchase my home, payoff my mortgage, allow me to live rent free for 12 months; then allow me to purchase the house back for the market value to avoid capitol gains tax. Is this legit? They […]

Sold Daughter’s Home

Today TaxMama hears from Pam in the TaxQuips Forum with this problem. “My husband and I bought a house for $59.000 five years ago. Our daughter lived in the house, rent-free. Her name was on the title. We sold the house this spring for $48.000. We were issued a 1099 in our name (not our […]

Ten Tax Tips for Individuals Selling Their Home

Courtesy of the IRS The Internal Revenue Service has some important information to share with individuals who have sold or are about to sell their home. If you have a gain from the sale of your main home, you may qualify to exclude all or part of that gain from your income. Here are ten […]

Short Sale, Now What?

Today TaxMama hears from Toki in the TaxQuips Forum, with a problem, “I bought my house in 2005 and it is now upside down. I decided to try and have my loan redone and got shafted out of $4,000, having a third party to do it for me. I stopped making my payments and I […]

Unemployed and Moved

Today TaxMama hears from Ron who is about to be laid off. He tells us, “I was notified on February 26, 2010 that I was being laid off as of August 2010.  I sold my home on May 25th, knowing I wouldn’t be able to afford the mortgage after my layoff.  I only lived in the […]