Real Estate 101 March 17, 2022

Tax Advantages of Owning a Home You Should Know About


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You can take advantage of significant tax credits and deductions when you own a home. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers numerous tax breaks to incentivize homeownership. When you own a home, you’re able to write off a huge chunk of your tax liability and get thousands of dollars in tax deductions when it’s tax season.

However, there is a catch. If you’re not aware of the tax credits and deductions offered by the IRS when preparing to file your taxes, you’ll not be able to minimize your taxable income and maximize your tax benefits. That’s why it’s essential for you as a homeowner to familiarize yourself with the various tax credits and deductions you qualify for.

How Home Tax Deductions Work

A tax deduction is a benefit that helps a taxpayer to reduce the amount of tax they owe. Once you own your home, you can take advantage of tax credits and deductions to lower your tax bill. How much money you’ll be able to save on your tax bill this season will be determined by whether you choose to go with a standardized tax deduction or itemize the various tax deductions you qualify for.

When applied, both tax deductions will save money on your taxes. The difference is that, with a standardized deduction, the amount taken from your total taxes is fixed. In contrast, an itemized tax deduction allows you to itemize all the tax deductions you qualify for. It makes financial sense only to itemize your deductions when their sum is higher than the standard deduction.

There are a lot of advantages to owning a home, especially when it comes to your taxes. Keep reading to learn how owning a home might give you the break you need every April 15th.

Some Of the Tax Deductions A Homeowner Can Capitalize on

1. Mortgage Interest Deduction

If you are an individual taxpayer or a married couple, you can claim the interest paid on the first $750,000 of your mortgage debt. Once you receive a Form 1098 detailing the interest you paid in the previous year from your lender, you’ll deduct the amount on line 8a of the 2022  Schedule A Form 1040.

2. Capital Gains from Your Home Sale

You won’t have to pay taxes on all or part of the capital gain you make when selling your house. If you sell your home, the capital gains up to $500,000 if you’re married filing jointly and $250,000, if you’re single, are tax-free. The house must have been your primary residence for two of the five years running up to your sale date for you to qualify for this perk.

3. Home Office Expense Deduction

If you’re self-employed or work at home, you may qualify for the home office expense deduction. You can claim this deduction if you use part of your home regularly and exclusively as your primary place of business. Passing the test for this deduction saves you money on your tax bill since part of your insurance costs, utility bills, and other home expenses are deducted against your business income.

4. Mortgage Insurance Premium Deduction

If you’re still paying mortgage insurance as part of your monthly mortgage payment, you may be able to deduct your mortgage insurance payments from your taxable income. If your gross income is less than $100,000 a year, you will be able to deduct the cost of mortgage insurance off of your tax bill. If you’re married and file separately, your limit is $50,000.

5. Deductions For Energy Efficient Upgrades

Making energy-efficient home improvements could reduce your tax bill. This incentive applies to alternative energy improvements made to your homes, such as installing solar panels, solar water heaters and geothermal heat pumps. The tax credit amount received is based on when you installed the items.

6. SALT Deductions

The deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) allows homeowners to deduct certain taxes paid to state and local governments, including property taxes. If you itemize SALT deductions on your federal return, you’ll pay less in federal taxes by deducting the amount you spent on qualifying state and local taxes. The deductible amount is capped at $10,000 for single taxpayers and $5,000 for married couples filing separately.

7. Mortgage Points Deduction

Another tax benefit of owning a home is the ability to deduct mortgage points you paid upfront when closing on your home purchase. The mortgage points you paid to your lender in a bid to lower the interest rate on your loan are fully deductible in the year you pay them. Capitalize on these tax deductions.

8. Standard Deduction

Look closely at the standard deduction allowed by the IRS when considering the tax deductions available to you as a homeowner. If you opt for the standard deduction, you’ll agree to have a set amount of money deducted from your taxable income. With the standard deduction, you won’t itemize your deductions. This year, $12,950 is the standard deduction for singles and married taxpayers filing separately. For heads of household, the amount is $19,400, while $25,900 is the standard deduction for married couples filing jointly.

Final Word

Owning a home is a sure way of reducing the amount you pay in income taxes each year. Consider itemizing your deductions if you qualify for deductions higher than the standard deduction amount for your tax filing status. If the standard deduction is higher than your itemized deductions, the standard deduction makes more sense.


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