When do I pay capital gains tax?
My sister and I sold our two condos in August of 2017. Each condo sold for $170,000. We bought a condo for $270,000 with 20 percent down. When do we pay capital gains tax?
Capital gain taxes are reported on the return for the tax year of the sale. So for your example, any capital gain taxes due from your condo sale would appear on your 2017 return. Unless you completed a 1031 exchange, what you did with the proceeds of the sale will not impact the capital gain taxes that would be due (if any).
I can't determine from your question, but if the condo you sold was your personal residence, no capital gains would be due (as long as it was your personal residence for 2 of the last 5 years). Even if it was rental property, you may not owe taxes on the sale. It would depend on your cost basis in the property. Further, the sales price of $170,000 could be reduced by expense of sale, such as real estate commissions. Check with your local tax professional to assess your exact situation.
Thanks for your question.
Capital gains are always paid in the year for which anything is sold, whether it is stocks, bonds, real estate, collectibles, or anything else. So as you are preparing your 2017 taxes, you will have potential capital gains on your two properties for 2017.
You didn't say who owned each condo, whether it was singly or jointly owned, how much you or your sister paid for each one, whether these were owner-occupied or rented out, your other expenses, and so on. All of that information is required to compute the potential capital-gains tax. In general, if you are single then you get a 250-thousand-dollar exclusion if you lived in the property for at least 2 out of the last 5 years, and 500 thousand if you are married. Often this results in zero tax. Also, whether you lived in the condo or not, you can deduct improvements in the property from your net gain.
Whether you bought a different condo later on is irrelevant. That would only matter if you did a like-kind 1031 exchange which is unlikely in your case.
Capital gains on the sale of your home are due the tax year you sold your property. So last years sale are due with your 2017 income taxes. If you lived in the condo for 2 of the last 5 years, then based on the capital gains you would pay no taxes. You have a $250,000 capital gains exclusion for each of you. Your capital gains will not exceed the exclusion, so no taxes owed.