Friday, April 30, 2010

3.8% Medicare Tax on the Sale of Your Home?

According to a Journal of Accountancy article, the The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 added a new IRC § 1411 that imposes a tax on individuals equal to 3.8% of the lesser of the individual’s net investment income for the year or the amount the individual’s modified adjusted gross income exceeds a threshold amount. For estates and trusts, the tax equals 3.8% of the lesser of undistributed net investment income or adjusted gross income over the dollar amount at which the highest trust and estate tax bracket begins.

For married individuals filing a joint return and surviving spouses, the threshold amount is $250,000; for married taxpayers filing separately, it is $125,000; and for other individuals it is $200,000.

Net investment income means investment income reduced by deductions properly allocable to that income. Investment income is defined as income from interest, dividends, annuities, royalties and rents, and net gain from disposition of property, other than such income derived in the ordinary course of a trade or business (however, income from passive activities and from a trade or business of trading in financial instruments or commodities is included in the definition of net investment income).

This provision applies to tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2012. Good to know if you're planning on selling a property now or in the near future.

Charles Kraus, Associate Broker Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage E:

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