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November 2, 2021
Dual residency is for many an excellent way to get the most enjoyment out of your assets. Having two homes in different parts of the country allows for maximum freedom in your lifestyle, and perks abound, depending on your interests.
Select the location of your second home to take full advantage of cultural opportunities unavailable in your current area. Sunny San Diego can be amazing, but the ability to whisk away for months to snowy Colorado can satisfy your jet-setting, ski-loving heart. Similarly, a ranch in Utah is gorgeous and secluded, while a second home in upstate New York imparts easy access to all the wonders of the Big Apple, including fantastic food and quality museums. Aim for both properties to fulfill different aspects of your passions, and your home away from home will ensure a fulfilling life.
Before you decide which estate to purchase, you must take a moment to consider not only the amenities and cost of the second property but also the investment potential and exit strategies available. Discussing this with your financial advisor can help you flag issues you might not have taken into account.
Another thing to contemplate, especially if choosing a location along the West Coast, is risk management. Homeowners insurance is vital to mitigate hazards to your property, and with certain states experiencing unprecedented refusals to insure or renew, you’ll need to be sure you have backup options. If one of the homes you have chosen has this issue, consider looking into a syndicate such as Lloyds of London or a non-regulated company handled by a broker.
Now that we have the warnings out of the way and you’ve decided on your dual residency estates, it’s time to establish which residence will be primary and which will be secondary. To determine which house to designate your primary, consider looking into the one that offers the lowest state taxes. Some states don’t have an income tax, though these taxes are replaced by other sources, such as higher taxes on properties, gasoline, alcohol, and tobacco. Carefully research and weigh the benefits and drawbacks to the taxes within each location before you decide. Keep in mind, you must reside in the primary residence for at least 183 days of the year to claim that state as your primary residence.
Let’s explore the primary residence tax requirements further so that you understand what documentation will be required and how to make this as stress-free as possible. When filing your taxes, you’ll need specific documentation of your primary residence. This includes irrefutable evidence that your service providers, such as your doctor, hair salon, and veterinarian, are all within that state, as well as your driver’s license, car and voter registration.
This documentation is vital, and at Sand Hill, we provide a secure client center portal for this type of corroboration so it doesn’t get misplaced, as well as guidance on all of the above issues. Please reach out if you’re considering dual residency and allow us to help you navigate this exciting time.
Source: Internal Revenue Service
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