Do I have to pay capital gains tax if I sell a property at a profit in mainland China?

By November 8, 2018

Question: We recently sold our home in China at a considerable profit. Will we have capital gains tax obligations on the U.S. side?
Answer: In addition to potential capital gain exclusions on sale of primary residences, the U.S.-PRC Tax Treaty stipulates that capital gains derived from the sale of real estate (i.e. real property) may only be subject to capital gains tax in the contracting state (in this case, China). However, tax treaty wording can be quite complicated and often requires a tax professional’s input to determine whether or not it is applicable under each set of individual circumstances.

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