December 7, 2018 | Barb Huntley
A short but sweet post on the tax perks of owning a home. The biggest perks of owning a home come in the form of tax deductions. Are you making sure to itemize these deductions every year to reduce your taxable income?

Mortgage Interest – You are allowed to deduct your mortgage interest payments from your income each year. Mortgage interest payments can become six figures over the life of a loan. Don’t miss out on deducting that amount from your income, who knows, it could possibly put you in a different tax bracket!

Property Taxes – The amount you pay in property taxes is deductible from your taxable income. While the national average of property taxes was $3,296 in 2017. That’s $3,296 (or whatever your amount is) that you can deduct from your taxable income.

Capital Gains – When you sell your home you are eligible for up to $250,000 in tax-free gains, as long it is your principle residence. If you are a couple filing jointly you can exclude up to $500,000 in gains (MOM: check to see if this is correct or the right words are used here, important to get this correct) from your taxable income.

These deductions aren’t reasons you should buy a more expensive home or take out a larger mortgage. But, if you are going to own a home, no matter the price, you can still file these deductions every year and reduce your tax payments. 


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