The IRS allows the gain from sale of the principal residence, in general, this is a tax-free event under certain prescribed circumstances.
In general, the rules exempting the capital gains tax are as follows;
1. The taxpayer should have maintained a continuous residence of 2 out of the last 5
2. The exemption from capital gain is $500,000 for a jointly filed income tax return.
3. This is a one time aggregate allow of $500,000 and can only be used once in the
4. If the gain exceeds $500,000 and the taxpayer does not repurchase another home, then
the gain in excess of $500,000 is subject to capital gains tax.