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8 Tax Breaks For Home Owners: Maximize Your Savings This Tax Season



Mortgage Interest Deduction

One of the most notable tax breaks for homeowners is the mortgage interest deduction. This provision allows you to reduce your taxable income by the amount of interest paid on your mortgage. Previously, homeowners could deduct interest on up to $1 million in mortgage debt. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has reduced this limit to $750,000 for individuals or married couples filing jointly, and $375,000 for married couples filing separately.


Home Equity Loan Interest

If you've taken out a home equity loan or line of credit, you might be eligible to deduct the interest paid on these loans, provided the funds were used for home improvements. This is a change from prior rules, where the deduction was available regardless of how the borrowed funds were used. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has since narrowed this deduction to focus on home improvement-related expenses.


Discount Points

Discount points can also provide tax benefits. Purchasing discount points to lower your mortgage interest rate can be a deductible expense. Each point, typically costing 1% of your mortgage amount, can be deducted if used to reduce your loan’s interest rate. However, origination points, which are fees for obtaining a loan, do not qualify for this deduction.


Property Taxes

State and local property taxes are another area where homeowners can find tax relief. The deduction is capped at $10,000 for married couples filing jointly and $5,000 for single filers or married individuals filing separately. This deduction can vary significantly based on your location and the value of your property.


Necessary Home Improvements

Certain home improvements, especially those required for medical reasons or permanent improvements enhancing your home's value, may qualify for tax deductions. This does not include aesthetic upgrades but covers modifications for accessibility and medical necessity.


Home Office Expenses

For those running a business from their home, the IRS allows deductions for a portion of home maintenance expenses, given that the space is used regularly and exclusively for business. This does not apply to occasional use or for employees working remotely for an employer.


Mortgage Insurance

Private mortgage insurance (PMI) payments are deductible for homeowners itemizing their tax returns. PMI is a common requirement for mortgages with down payments below 20% and protects lenders in case of loan default.


Capital Gains

When selling your home, the profit you make (the capital gain) can be partially or fully exempt from taxes, provided specific conditions are met. If you've lived in your home as your primary residence for at least two of the last five years, you can exclude up to $500,000 of the gain from your income if filing jointly, or up to $250,000 if filing as a single or separately.


Conclusion

Navigating the landscape of homeowner tax breaks can be complex, but understanding these provisions can lead to significant savings. The Tucker Lending Team at Main Street Home Loans is here to guide you through your homeownership journey, ensuring you're informed and prepared to take full advantage of these tax benefits. Remember, it's always recommended to consult with a tax professional to understand how these tax breaks apply to your specific situation.

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