Q. I got divorced a year ago after being separated for more than five years. My ex-wife has been living in the property for the last six years and I lived elsewhere. The gain after paying off the mortgage and closing costs is $77,000. As part of the divorce decree she gets half the money. Do I have to pay capital gains on the whole capital gain or half?
A. To answer your question it is important to understand three basic things about your situation.
The first thing to understand is what your actual capital gain is on the sale. Next is what part of this gain will be taxed by the IRS, and finally, you need to understand what your divorce settlement says and how that will impact your set of circumstances.
Your capital gain is not what you keep in your pocket after the sale of