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Mar 29

5 Ways to Avoid Capital Gains Tax on Property

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Taxes are something we’ve all grown accustomed to and quite frankly fearful of. It’s the curse of the modern society that whatever profit you make, there’s a price to pay as well. The government is always there to take its “fair” share and grab a piece of your hard earned pie, and we all know that it’s unavoidable. But is it really? Sometimes it just seems like too much, like there’s something not right because that piece of pie is somehow too large to ignore. There are ways to amend this; by abiding by the rules of the system and paying just as much as you have to, not as much as the system wants you to.

Believe it or not, it’s not impossible to avoid capital gain tax on property. You just need to be smart when investing in real estate. Make sure that all your assets are accounted for. It might also be a good idea to obtain 2 valuations. If their value is different, you can try a third opinion and select the one that best fit your bill. Valuations should be done on paper, so that you can keep record if taxmen ask after you’ve decided to sell. Don’t forget that surveyors will demand a fee, while valuations performed by realtors are usually free. Here are some more tips on how to avoid cgt on property.

The tax bracket

The current household threshold of tax bracket stands at 15% and depends on your state filing status. This could range from single to married with children and they grow exponentially with each member of your household. The best case to use the tax bracket threshold is by milking your stock for capital gain if you’re nearing your account limit without paying any tax whatsoever. Donating or opening an IRA is an easy way to making sure you can sell your stock without paying extra tax simply because you reduced the taxable income by loosening up your threshold.

IRA investment

The trick with traditional and/or Roth IRA is that your stock is tax free as long as you don’t withdraw any funds. This means that you can grow your stock value until retirement without paying any extra taxes on gains whatsoever. Another benefit is that these contributions will make sure your taxable income is significantly lower on the year you make them; in turn, both your capital taxes and income taxes are lowered or in some instances, completely nullified.

ETF managing

Exchange trade funds are a good way of keeping taxes to a low; by managing the ETFs you allow yourself leeway because the funds operate on an index that rarely changes. This allows carefully planned investments and withdrawals, timing your moves correctly and generating as low capital gain as it’s possible. The downside is that there is capital gain to be paid for making income but even that is only marginal. The capital gains taxes in this case often only come in form of voluntary tax where it’s up to you whether you want to realize gain that results in a tax bill.

Inherited tax basis

A “stepped-up tax basis” is a term often overlooked when it comes to managing capital gains on property. It allows an inheritance of stock values without inheriting the tax that comes with it. The income tax liability is addressed by using the date of the original owners’ death as a pointer when deducting the exact percentage of capital gain tax and allows the newly inherited owners to sell of stock without paying any tax whatsoever. It’s a good way of thinking ahead that allows you to leave something for a future generation instead of selling stock during the retirement.

Offset capital

A simple yet time-consuming way of getting rid of capital gains tax on property sale is by offsetting them with your capital losses and wiping them out completely. The incoming tax rate goes into two categories; short and long term. The trick is that the state won’t ever tell you which one it applied. The process starts with subtracting short term losses from gains and long term losses from gains and ends with subtracting any net losses from any net gains. There’s no need to have any unused capital losses since it’s possible to fully use them and completely wipe out your capital gains taxes and move on from there.

For expats to avoid paying any capital gains tax property, their asset would need to be a PPR, principal private residence for tax purposes. This action can be taken by the owner (husband or wife) with a permanent residence in the Turkey, UK. They should have proof that they lived in the UK for a minimum period of 90 days. They must also be registered as a UK resident paying taxes.


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