Thursday, July 27, 2023 / by April Castillo
- Mortgage Interest Deduction
One of the most significant tax benefits of homeownership is the ability to deduct mortgage interest paid on your primary residence. Subject to certain limitations, you can typically deduct the interest portion of your mortgage payments on loans up to $750,000 (or $1 million for loans taken out before December 15, 2017). This deduction can reduce your taxable income, resulting in potential tax savings.
- Property Tax Deduction
You can also deduct the property taxes you pay on your primary residence and any other real estate properties you own. The deduction is subject to certain limitations and is typically claimed as an itemized deduction on your federal income tax return.
- Points Deduction
If you paid points or loan origination fees to obtain a mortgage, you may be able to deduct them in the year of purchase. Points are usually deductible as mortgage interest if they meet specific criteria, such as being a percentage of the loan amount and paid in exchange for a reduced interest rate.
- Capital Gains Tax Exclusion
When you sell your primary residence, you may be eligible for a capital gains tax exclusion. If you have owned and used the home as your primary residence for at least two out of the five years preceding the sale, you can exclude up to $250,000 of capital gains ($500,000 for married couples filing jointly) from your taxable income. This exclusion can result in significant tax savings when selling your home.
- Home Office Deduction
If you use a portion of your home exclusively for business purposes, you may be eligible to claim a home office deduction. This deduction allows you to deduct a portion of your home expenses, such as mortgage interest, property taxes, utilities, and maintenance, that are related to your home office. However, there are specific criteria and limitations to qualify for this deduction.
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