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Beware Home Office Income Tax Deduction

The home office income tax deduction has formed the basis for a denial in part of the Florida homestead exemption.   More specifically, there is now case authority that the exclusive use of a portion of a Florida homestead which in part can be evidenced by the home office income tax deduction and depreciation of the home  justifies apportioning the residence to homestead and non- homestead.  The idea is as follows:  Suppose 25% of the home is exclusively used for business such as an office.  Or assume that 25% is exclusively used by a tenant who is paying rent for one room in the home.   The trustee can sell the home, 75% of the equity belongs to the debtor, and 25% of the net proceeds would be retained by the trustee. Sounds contrary to the whole idea of the liberal protections for a Florida homestead? Sounds contrary to the…
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Bankruptcy First, Sell Homestead Later

Timing is everything in bankruptcy.  Bad timing cost one Florida debtor his home. The debtor’s homestead in Florida, with some exceptions, is exempt from creditors.  It is well understood under Florida homestead law including in a Florida bankruptcy that a homeowner may sell the home, retain the proceeds(in a separate bank account), and retain the homestead exemption in the proceeds for a reasonable time to purchase another exempt homestead. Carpenter v Scott Brown, 2013 US Dist Lexis 112607 (August 9, 2013) affirmed Judge Ray’s decision denying homestead exemption upon the sale.  But the facts of the case must be reviewed.  The debtor had already signed a contract to sell and the closing was scheduled for just after the filing of the bankruptcy petition.  The debtor did reside at the homestead on the date the bankruptcy petition was filed.  The key fact here is that the debtor was moving to Massachusetts to stay with family….
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