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Do senior citizens have to pay capital gains tax?
When you sell a house, you pay capital gains tax on your profits. There’s no exemption for senior citizens — they pay tax on the sale just like everyone else. If the house is a personal home and you have lived there several years, though, you may be able to avoid paying tax.
Who qualifies for lifetime capital gains exemption?
You’re eligible for the exclusion if you have owned and used your home as your main home for a period aggregating at least two years out of the five years prior to its date of sale. You can meet the ownership and use tests during different 2-year periods.
What happens if you claim exempt on your taxes?
However, if you make $5,000 in the tax year and claim exempt, the IRS will likely not penalize you. However, if you do receive a monetary penalty, you can try speaking to an IRS representative or even a tax attorney indicating that you made an honest mistake and are seeking help.
What are tax exemptions and how do they work?
And tax exemptions can reduce the amount of income subject to tax. The best-known tax exemption available to individual taxpayers is the personal exemption. The personal exemption reduces one’s income by $4,050 and can be applied to the filer, his or her spouse and any dependents they claim on their return.
Can I claim an exemption if I make 10 dollars a year?
However, even if you only made $10 in the prior year, you cannot claim an exemption on your federal tax withholding. With that being said, someone who makes very little can still claim what are called “allowances” on his or her W-4 thereby reducing the amount that is withheld for tax purposes.
What are the exemptions for dependents on taxes?
Exemptions reduce your taxable income. There are two types of exemptions: personal exemptions and exemptions for dependents. For each exemption you can deduct $3,650 on your 2010 tax return. Your spouse is never considered your dependent.