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How Do Capital Gains Taxes Work on Real Estate?

Capital gains taxes for real estate are more complex than for other asset types.


[Updated: Feb 04, 2021 ] Aug 12, 2019 by Matt Frankel, CFP

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Long-Term Capital Gains Tax Rate Single Filers (Taxable Income) Married Filing Jointly Heads of Household Married Filing Separately
0% $0 - $39,375 $0 - $78,750 $0 - $52,750 $0 - $39,375
15% $39,376 - $434,550 $78,751 - $488,850 $0 - $461,700 $39,376 - $244,425
20% Over $434,550 Over $488,850 Over $461,700 Over $244,425

Data source: Tax Foundation. Income ranges represent taxable income, not just capital gains. Married Filing Separately rates calculated as half of those for joint filers.

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