Tax Week... the best write-off is a home!

04/14/11

April 18th is Tax Day! And one of the best tax write-offs is a home. There are so many tax benefits to owning vs. renting, that we highly recommend everyone researches their options before making a decision either way.   Tax rules for real estate are constantly changing, therefore we suggest reading a useful publication (IRS Publication 530) called Tax Information for Homeowners that covers such topics as:

  • How you treat items such as settlement and closing costs, real estate taxes, sales taxes, home mortgage interest, and repairs
  • What you can and cannot deduct on your tax return
  • The first-time homebuyer credit
  • The tax credit you can claim if you received a mortgage credit certificate when you bought your home.
  • Why you should keep track of adjustments to the basis of your home. (Your home’s basis generally is what it costs; adjustments include the cost of any improvements you make.)
  • What records you should keep as proof of the basis and adjusted basis
  • And other helpful information
Download the Publication 530 Although we, as Real Estate Professionals, are knowledgeable about the tax laws, your best resource is always a tax accountant or attorney.  

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