Buying and Selling Your Home

If you sell your foreign home and you meet the use and ownership  requirements, you could be eligible for the $250,000.00 home exclusion. Typically, if you sell an asset for more than you buy it for, you must pay tax on the gain. However, the IRS gives you an exception for your primary home if you meet certain tests. You can exclude up to $250,000.00 in gain, or $500,000.00 for joint filers.

This exclusion applies whether the home is located inside or outside the United States. If you sell your home at a gain, you must report the sale and claim the exclusion on your return. This is especially true if your home was located in a foreign country. If any when you return to the United States with the proceeds, you will be very glad that you filed the proper paperwork.

Contact Us

For clients located in Costa Rica, U.S. Tax International is conveniently located in Rohrmoser, just a few blocks north of the United States Embassy. We can be reached at the phone numbers below or by e-mail at

Plaza Rohrmoser, Second Floor, Unit 38, Geroma, San José, Costa Rica

M-F: 8am-5pm, S-S: Closed