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I built a house 15 years ago and lived in that house as my primary residence for 13 1/2 years. 2 years ago I purchased another house and moved in, keeping the first house. I have been renting the first house since I moved out. Here is my question. Since the first house was my Primary residence for 2 of the last 5 years can I sell it and still qualify for the Home Sales Tax Exclusion ?

I have heard of people moving back into rental house's they own with the plan to sell in 2 years without having to pay Capital Gains Tax. The only difference is that my 2 year qualification comes at the beginning of a 5 year test period not at the end.
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