September 22, 2021


Nuts about home

When we offer our dwelling, will we owe the exit tax?

Q. My spouse and I are promoting our residence below in New Jersey. We procured the residence in 2013 and have lived in the household ever because. I will be remaining in New Jersey with my daughter for the college 12 months, with my dad and mom, right after the property sells, although my spouse moves to Florida and stays with his mothers and fathers. We acquired the house for $209,000, have a home loan of $185,000 and will record it for $500,000. When we do our 2021 taxes, I will however be residing in New Jersey. Will we have to pay back the exit tax or are we exempt? We will finally obtain in Florida.

— On the shift

A. It will be an attention-grabbing calendar year for you as you live in distinct states.

Ahead of we get to the exit tax, which is not an further tax but an approximated tax payment New Jersey needs on some dwelling product sales, let us converse funds gains.

One of the most favorable provisions located in the Internal Earnings Code is the exclusion of attain on sale of a principal residence – up to $250,000 for all taxpayers and up to $500,000 for joint filers, explained Neil Becourtney, a qualified general public accountant and tax husband or wife with CohnReznick in Holmdel.New Jersey follows the federal principles.

A joint filer is entitled to exclude up to $500,000 of gain understood upon sale of a principal residence as extended as the taxpayer meets an possession examination and a home examination, he explained.

“The ownership requirement is that the taxpayer owned the property for at minimum 24 months out of the past 5 yrs main up to the day of sale,” he said. “For a married couple submitting jointly, only a single partner need to fulfill the possession requirement.”

The residence requirement is that the taxpayer owned the house and used it as their principal home for at least 24 months of the past five several years. For this check, every single spouse need to satisfy the residence requirement individually for the joint filer to qualify for the total exclusion, Becourtney claimed.

In advance of closing fees and without factoring in cash improvements, you are projecting a obtain of $291,000 upon advertising your New Jersey home. You and your husband have resided in this home for extra than the previous 7 many years. If you promote it in three yrs of your husband’s transfer to Florida, you will qualify for excluding your full get from equally federal and New Jersey income tax, Becourtney explained.

Now to the so-referred to as exit tax.

When a New Jersey nonresident sells their house, the law involves a tax prepayment of the higher of 2% of the promoting price or 10.75% — the leading tax price — of the taxable get recognized, Becourtney reported.

The point out considers New Jersey people who sell their New Jersey house and go outside of the condition nonresidents for the goal of the sale, he stated.

“So in your predicament, a payment of $10,000 of New Jersey believed tax ought to be needed for the closing to take area,” he claimed. “Your legal professional will need to prepare selected tax kinds needed in this scenario. This tax payment will be claimed on your 2021 New Jersey gross income tax return.”

Very good luck with the moves.

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Karin Value Mueller writes the Bamboozled column for NJ Advance Media and is the founder of Observe NJMoneyHelp on Twitter @NJMoneyHelp. Discover NJMoneyHelp on Facebook. Sign up for’s weekly e-newsletter.