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You can, but it will be unnecessary.

You live in California, which is a community property state. Because of that, your house got a full step up in basis to its current fair market value as of the date your wife passed away. Because you sold the house only months after her passing, there should be a little to no gain on the sale of the property.


PS for the lurkers in separate property states: The deceased spouse’s half of the property would get a step up in basis. The remaining half would continue at its original basis. So the exclusion on the sale of a home still matters in that situation. But if the house was the separate property of only one spouse, then it will get a full step up or no step up at all, depending on which spouse passed away.
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