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My wife and I are selling our primary residence (more then 5 yrs).  We live in Texas, will be clearing approx 40k after closing.  We want to use this money for a couple of down payments for investment properties (residential redevelopment) rather then using it for another primary residence.  Will this 40k be subject to tax (income or other)?  I understand the future sales of the investment properties will be different, I'm just unsure of the 40k from the sale of our primary residence.


Thanks for your question.

If you have lived in the house for 24 of the past 60 months as your main home, you can exclude up to $500,000 in gain from the sale. Doesn't sound like it will be an issue, but proceeds and gain are not necessarily the same. It does not matter what you do with the proceeds of the sale.

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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


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