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Protect the Home Equity You Have Acquired Over the Years

Your home is one of your largest assets and will likely play a key role in financing your retirement.

Current tax law allows single filers to exclude just $250,000 in capital gains and joint married filers to exclude $500,000 when they sell their home – a provision that hasn’t been adjusted for inflation since it was enacted in 1997! Yet, recent increases in home values mean that millions of homeowners across the nation now have equity that exceeds these amounts, meaning they would owe tax when they sell their home, all because inflation has driven up the values.

Take a minute now to add your name to the petition in support of this legislation.

Under the recently proposed “More Homes on the Market Act,” a homeowner who sells their home would be able to exclude up to $500,000 of capital gains – the excess of the net sales price over the original purchase price – as a single filer, or $1 million as a joint married filer, at tax time. The Act would also index these amounts to future inflation to protect homeowner equity moving forward.

This increase will safeguard a homeowner’s long-time investment and will enable them to sell their home without losing any of their equity to inflation, thus overcoming a key obstacle that is limiting the nation’s housing supply.

Petition Text

“I urge elected officials to pass the ‘More Homes on the Market Act.’ It’s time to update the capital gains exclusions for inflation so homeowners can keep more of the equity they’ve acquired over the years – a provision in the law that hasn’t been updated since 1997. This will allow homeowners to better plan for their retirement and will help address the country’s low supply of homes on the market.”

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