Avoiding paying taxes after selling property

On Behalf of | May 22, 2020 | Commercial Real Estate Leases |

Investing in real estate and selling it for a profit is a great way to earn an income. Some real estate entrepreneurs solely gain their income through doing this, while others earn an additional income when selling property while holding down full-time jobs.

If you are considering selling a property and you know that you will benefit from capital gains, it is important to bear in mind that the profit you make will be subject to taxation as standard. However, there are strategies and tools that you can use to avoid taxation. Tax avoidance is completely legal when you take advantage of the laws and regulations that apply to you. The following are some of the ways you can avoid paying taxes when selling property.

Offset losses

If you have made losses in the past, you should make sure that you keep track of these and offset them against your profits.

Make the home your primary residence

Many investors decide to make a home their primary residence when they are renovating it and selling it for a higher price. This helps them to take advantage of the primary residence exclusion and allows them to avoid paying taxes on the capital gains.

Benefit from a 1031 exchange

1031 exchanges are a great way to defer taxes on capital gains. This is possible if you buy a new property within a short amount of time after selling the property that you made a profit on.

If you are selling a property but you are worried about the taxes you may have to pay, it’s important that you look into the tax avoidance strategies available to you.