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We plan to put our house on the market during the first quarter, so the sizeable gain will occur in 2020, after we've moved. Both CA and VA have state income tax, which one gets any tax on the gain?

CA is very clingy about counting you as a resident until you actually rid yourself of all property in the state. That said, VA will probably claim you as a resident, too, since you will have actually moved there. So you will probably be a resident of both states (yes, that is possible) and may have to pay tax to both states. You will need to look at the website for each state's taxing authority, and figure out how they will interact.

If we take the standard deduction on our 2019 state and federal income tax, is it possible to carry over donations made in the last quarter of 2019 to offset 2020 state and federal income tax?

Well, the charitable contribution deduction carryover is only for when your charitable deductions exceed the allowable percentage of your income. If you're taking the standard deduction, how are you going to exceed the allowable percentage of your income?

AJ
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