Tax Advantages of Owning a Home
Even though tax day has come and gone, the tax advantages of owning a home stick around all year long. As a refresher, here are seven of the most popular:
- Mortgage interest deduction: Couples filing jointly can deduct the interest they pay on up to $750,000 of mortgage debt ($375,000 if married filing separately).
- Real estate taxes: You can deduct state and local property taxes up to $10,000 per year ($5,000 if married filing separately).
- Mortgage points: If you pay discount points when you take out your mortgage, you can deduct those, too!
- Tax-deductible mortgage insurance: The IRS counts private mortgage insurance, VA loan funding fees, USDA loan guarantee fees, and FHA loan up-front mortgage insurance premiums as tax-deductible. There is always a chance this deduction may expire, so check the tax rules before counting on these savings.
- Medically necessary home improvements: If you've made home improvements that help you, your spouse, or dependents who live with you function better medically, they may be deductible. Examples include expanding doorways, installing ramps or lifts, lowering cabinets, and adding railings.
- Moving expenses: If you paid for help moving, those expenses are tax-deductible, but only if you’re a member of the armed forces and moving because of a change of station.
- Capital gains: The capital gains tax exclusion allows you to avoid paying taxes on the first $250,000 of profit from selling your home if you’re single or $500,000 if you’re married so long as you’ve lived in your home two of the last five years.
There are other tax breaks that are available to homeowners and it's a good idea to work with a tax professional to help you maximize these opportunities.
Save this post for later, and definitely reach out if you have questions or would like to talk over the details of your situation more fully.