Home Office Deductions Can Have Tax Implications When You Sell

Work from home? Use your home as an ‘office?’ Many of us New Yorkers conserve space, and rent by sharing both under the same roof. But will that cause complications when you go to sell?

If your home office was located within your home, you do not need to allocate the gain (profit) on the sale of the property between the business part of the property and the part used as a home. This means that your entire profit qualifies for the special home-sale tax exclusion.

Under this exclusion, a substantial amount of the profit you make on the sale of your home is not taxable: up to $250,000 of the profit for single taxpayers and $500,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly. You qualify for the exclusion if you lived in your home for at least two out of five years before you sell it.

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