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Old 08-03-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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I heard somewhere that in the Obama health care bill there was a sales tax of 3.8% on houses sold, starting in 2013? Has any of you real estate professionals heard about this? Fact or fiction? How does this affect the housing situation in Florida?

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Old 08-03-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: sarasota
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guess i wouldn't put it past them demicrats eh
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:19 PM
 
Location: englewood
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check on snopes snopes.com: 3.8% Tax on Real Estate Transactions

add to that the talk of not being able to deduct mortgage interest. and also the talk of requiring 20% down and bringing the length of a mortgage to 15 years.
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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I check out Urban Legends:

3.8% Real Estate Tax in Health Care Bill - Urban Legends


This source indicates you have to make over $250,000 as an individual or $500,000 as a couple before the tax potentially impacts you.
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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Thanks for the replies on this one -- I knew I could count on you!
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Instead of being a sales tax on all real estate transactions, the 3.8 percent tax is actually a tax on investment income for the wealthy. It applies only to the investment income of single taxpayers who make more than $200,000 or couples who make more than $250,000.

Still, maybe empty-nesters are scared they'll be hit with this tax if they sell their homes for more than $250,000. But that's not a likely scenario for most tax payers, because there's a long-standing tax exemption on the profits from home sales.

To be hit with the new tax, you would have to clear more than $250,000 in profit off your home, which means at least $250,000 more than you paid for it. And the ceiling is even higher for a married couple. Married couples are now taxed on the first $500,000 of profit from home sales. Again, that's profit, not the sales price.
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: englewood
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its a real shame that we have to got to urban legends and snopes to find out the answer to a question like this. the bill is so complicated and intertwined no one still can understand it and there are surprises coming out all the time. kind of like a pandoras box.

so now someone that worked hard and lived good and wants to sell their house potentially will be penalized.

i cant say any more or this will get deleted
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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re: Obamacare.
Remember, we had to pass it to find out what was in it.
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