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How can I avoid capital gains tax from selling a home?

Making the leap from renter to homeowner is often an important milestone for many people, giving them a sense of "grown-up" satisfaction, or maybe signifying that they have finally staked out their piece of the American Dream. But how do you avoid unnecessary taxation when you are ready to sell your first home?

The home sale tax exemption

Georgia residents who sell their primary residence will generally not be required to pay capital gains tax on the first $250,000 of profit generated by the sale. Spouses filing a joint return may exclude the first $500,000 gained from the sale of their home. The exemption may be applied to the sale proceeds of homes, condos, apartments and mobile homes.

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