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California is going to tax the sale of your CA home whether you are a resident or not on the date of sale. If you say you are not a resident (which is at least possible given your brief description), CA requires the escrow company to withhold a portion of your sale proceeds for those CA taxes. You'll have a couple of options on how to calculate the withholding. So plan on doing a bit of tax planning around that.

My wife died in January 2019. I sold our Thousand Oaks, CA home of 42 years in July 2019. I plan to use the Federal and California tax code provision to exempt $500K capital gains from the sale of a primary residence from taxation on my 2019 tax returns. The exemption is extremely important as California taxes capital gains as ordinary income.

My wife inherited stocks from her mother's estate shortly before she died. As the court-appointed administrator of her estate, I sold the stocks in preparation for distributing her estate to me and our three children. It appears that her estate will owe no Federal taxes; however, her estate will owe California taxes on the capital gains as they are treated as ordinary income.
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