Normally, if you purchase a piece of real estate to fix up and sell it at later date, the profit is taxed under the capital gains rules. There are even more favorable rules if the property qualifies as your principal residence. If you live in it more than two years during the five-year period preceding the sale, you can often exclude the gain from taxation altogether under special rules for homeowners.
The tax items for tax year 2018 of greatest interest to most taxpayers include the following dollar amounts:
The standard deduction for married filing jointly rises to $13,000 for tax year 2018, up $300 from the prior year.