Domestic partners seek maximum real estate tax break

Can occupants claim one or two $250,000 exemptions?

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DEAR BOB: My partner and I are domestic partners and have been for 14 years. If we sell our home, does my partner (who owns the home) only get to deduct the $250,000 principal residence sale deduction or can she deduct $500,000? If I were on the title with her jointly, could we then deduct up to $500,000 profit? – Patti B. DEAR PATTI: Because your name is not on the title to the home, only your partner is entitled to deduct up to $250,000 principal residence sale profits allowed by Internal Revenue Code 121. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. However, if your name was also on the title, then you will also become entitled to deduct up to $250,000 tax-free principal residence sale profits. To qualify, (1) your partner should sign and record a quit claim deed to you for a half interest in the home and (2) you would need to hold title at least 24 months before becoming eligible for your $250,000 exemption. Of course, this presumes you both meet the 24-month-out-of-last-60-mont...