2020 Capital Gains Tax Calculator
Use this tool to estimate capital gains taxes you may owe after selling an investment property. This handy calculator helps you avoid tedious number-crunching, but it should only be used for a back-of-the-envelope approximation. It may not account for specific scenarios that could affect your tax liability.
Investors can lose over 37% of their capital gains to taxes. But there is an option for deferring capital gains taxes from the sale of an investment property by reinvesting the proceeds. The rules for this option are described in Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, which is why it is often called a “1031 Exchange”.
Deferring capital gains is not the same thing as eliminating them. The amount that would have been due at the time of sale will eventually be due should the investor ever receive the sale proceeds during their lifetime. However, if an investor wills a replacement asset to an heir, the capital gains taxes owed are not transferred when the investor passes away. Instead, the heir only has to pay applicable estate taxes on the fair market value of the property at the time they inherit it. They even receive a new “depreciation schedule,” which can provide a tax shelter for investment income.
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