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Old Jul 27th 2006, 9:36 pm
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My family and I have been living in the US for the past 18 months, (green cards due in a few months) we have decided to sell our house in the UK, are there any tax implications anyone knows about???
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Old Jul 27th 2006, 11:05 pm
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Originally Posted by sambuc
My family and I have been living in the US for the past 18 months, (green cards due in a few months) we have decided to sell our house in the UK, are there any tax implications anyone knows about???
I sold mine prior to leaving, so I am not the expert, but I know that if you attempt to transfer a large sum of money then several authorities will take an interest, one of which might be the IRS. Not much help, I know.
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Old Jul 27th 2006, 11:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Chorlton
I sold mine prior to leaving, so I am not the expert, but I know that if you attempt to transfer a large sum of money then several authorities will take an interest, one of which might be the IRS. Not much help, I know.
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Originally Posted by Chorlton
I sold mine prior to leaving, so I am not the expert, but I know that if you attempt to transfer a large sum of money then several authorities will take an interest, one of which might be the IRS. Not much help, I know.

US banks have to notify the IRS of amounts over $10K going into or out of all accounts. Do a search through past threads...this was discussed a month or so ago.
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There can be capital gains tax issues. The IRS allows single filers to exclude $250 000 of the capital gain on your "main residence", $500 000 for married couples filing jointly.

This exclusion only applies if you pass three tests, one if which is that you used and occupied the house for 24 months out of the last 60. So it is important to complete the sale within 3 years of arriving in the US. (Even if you live in an apartment here in the US, your physical presence here likely makes the apartment your main residence.)

(I learned this lesson the hard way... see my post from earlier in the year. And there is another hassle: the IRS demands that you convert all pound prices/values to dollar prices/values that prevailed on the appropriate dates in the past. So you can end up being charged capital gains tax on exchange rate fluctuations.)

All of the above assumes that you are taxed as a US resident (i.e. you file a 1040EZ or 1040), rather than a non-resident (you file a 1040NR). I don't know for sure what the situation is for non-residents. (I believe non-residents do not pay capital gains tax on non-US assets, but if you are getting a green card soon then you will definitely be classed as a US resident for tax purposes. An LPR who files a non-resident return would lose their green card.)

IRS publication 523 sets out the capital gains tax rules for your main residence.

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Originally Posted by RaleighGuy
There can be capital gains tax issues. The IRS allows single filers to exclude $250 000 of the capital gain on your "main residence", $500 000 for married couples filing jointly.

This exclusion only applies if you pass three tests, one if which is that you used and occupied the house for 24 months out of the last 60. So it is important to complete the sale within 3 years of arriving in the US. (Even if you live in an apartment here in the US, your physical presence here likely makes the apartment your main residence.)

(I learned this lesson the hard way... see my post from earlier in the year. And there is another hassle: the IRS demands that you convert all pound prices/values to dollar prices/values that prevailed on the appropriate dates in the past. So you can end up being charged capital gains tax on exchange rate fluctuations.)

All of the above assumes that you are taxed as a US resident (i.e. you file a 1040EZ or 1040), rather than a non-resident (you file a 1040NR). I don't know for sure what the situation is for non-residents. (I believe non-residents do not pay capital gains tax on non-US assets, but if you are getting a green card soon then you will definitely be classed as a US resident for tax purposes. An LPR who files a non-resident return would lose their green card.)

IRS publication 523 sets out the capital gains tax rules for your main
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Originally Posted by Jerseygirl
US banks have to notify the IRS of amounts over $10K going into or out of all accounts. Do a search through past threads...this was discussed a month or so ago.
That is not the issue.

But whether you are subject to UK CGT, unlikely, or US CGT, if you tell them, is another issue.
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