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I can understand this being an issue if the homes were in different states (say one with a state income tax and one without.) But what's the issue if they're both in the same state? Could you give an example of some of the benefits of claiming the newer home as the primary residence?

I would guess that the original poster is thinking about selling one of the houses for a profit some years from now, and excluding the capital gain under section 121, which applies to primary residences.

In New York State, different parts of the state have different income tax rates, so it could be an issue.

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