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Calculate the taxes paid on the sale of rental property.

This real estate calculator will estimate the federal and state taxes and estimate the net proceeds from a hypothetical sale of a rental property.

To establish a basis for the property, you would need to input your purchase price and any documented improvements (rehab costs). Then, enter the current price (hypothetical selling price).

Enter what you owe on a first mortgage and second mortgage.

Understanding your federal capital gains tax rate is critical. If you held the asset for one year or less, you would use your federal ordinary income tax rate. If you have held the property for over a year, you will use a federal long-term capital gains rate. This knowledge directly impacts your tax liability and net proceeds from a rental property.

Enter the real estate commission as a percentage. The real estate commissions will be deducted from the equity, which is the difference between the property's market value and the amount you owe on any mortgages, to determine the net proceeds.

If you want to include additional taxes like Transfer Tax, a tax on the transfer of real property, and NII (Net Investment Income) tax, a tax on certain investment income, click the small hyperlink near the bottom of the input screen. These taxes can significantly impact your overall tax liability, so it's essential to consider them in your planning.   

Depreciation recapture is typically taxed at your ordinary income tax rate. Enter your ordinary income tax rate and any accumulated depreciation. If you have any loss carryforward, on the sale you will be able to apply this loss against any gain.

The results will display three sections: Proceeds From Sale, Property Basis, and Deferred Taxes. The middle section (Property Basis) calculates the estimated Gains After Any Exclusion.  The third section (Deferred Taxes) takes the Gains After Any Exclusion and applies the various tax rates to determine a Total Estimated Deferred Tax Liability.  The first section determines an estimated Net Proceeds After Taxes. The calculations are performed in the above sequence.