You should see an accountant on this one - you may be able to avoid taxes on all of your gain since you only rented for 4 years. You actually lived in the house for 1 out of the past 5 years and in some circumstances you may be able to erase (not defer) up to $125,000 of gain. This would especially apply if you moved out because of a job change or disability (I think). Plus there's the issue of depreciation. You have to deduct the depreciation over the past 4 years from your basis, which effectively increases your gain. Did you include that in your $20,000?Find an accountant who is familiar with the above. Interview them on the phone. I have had bad tax advice that cost me thousands and I have had wonderful advice that saved me thousands. Don't wait till March. BTW you can deduct your stock losses against house gain. But find out from a pro first.
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