Homeownership and Your 2017 Tax Return

April 17th is fast approaching

The deadline to file your 2017 tax returns is approaching on April 17th. If you have not filed your taxes yet, you can take this opportunity to talk to your tax professional about how homeownership may impact your tax return this year. Here are a few reasons why you may want to.

Mortgage Interest may be tax deductible

According to the IRS, taxpayers may deduct interest on up to $1,000,000 of their qualified home loan on 2017 tax returns. If you are married filing separately, you can deduct up to $500,000.

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, for home purchases after December 15th, 2017, interest may only be deducted on qualifying mortgage debt up to $750,000 when filing 2018 tax returns.

 

Property Taxes may be tax deductible

Homeowners who itemize deductions on their tax return may be able to deduct property taxes on their primary residence, as well as other real estate they own. Take advantage of this deduction now, because when you file your 2018 tax return next tax season, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, homeowners will be limited to deducting up to $10,000 in personal state and local property taxes.

 

Talk to your tax professional

Your trusted tax professional can help you determine how homeownership impacts you as a taxpayer. Be sure to ask about state exemptions, as they vary. The good news is that  most changes to the tax code will not affect 2017 taxes if filed before the April 17th deadline. Although several changes that affect homeowners will go into effect next tax season in 2018. While the new law will lower the caps for itemized deductions, the standard deduction will nearly double. So unless you have enough itemized deductions to exceed the increased standard deduction, many of the changes discussed will not affect your return.

 

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