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What counts as an unforeseeable event for the home sale exclusion?

You meet the standard requirements if any of the following events occurred during the time you owned and lived in the home you sold:

  • Your home was destroyed or condemned.
  • Your home suffered a casualty loss because of a natural or man-made disaster or an act of terrorism. (It doesn't matter whether the loss is deductible on your tax return.)
  • You, your spouse, a co-owner of the home, or anyone else for whom the home was his or her residence:
    1. Died
    2. Became divorced or legally separated
    3. Gave birth to two or more children from the same pregnancy
    4. Became eligible for unemployment compensation
    5. Became unable, because of a change in employment status, to pay basic living expenses for the household (including expenses for food, clothing, housing, medication, transportation, taxes, court-ordered payments, and expenses reasonably necessary for making an income)

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