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What is Capital Gains Tax on Your Home Sale?

What is the capital gains tax rate on homes and real estate?Are you wondering if you’ll have to pay capital gains tax on your home sale?

Many people do not know that a large portion of homeowners who sell their homes can avoid capital gains tax on their home sales.

How Much is Capital Gains Tax on the Sale of a Home?

When selling your primary home, you can make up to $250,000 in profit or double that if you are married, and you won’t owe anything for capital gains. The only time you will have to pay capital gains tax on a home sale is if you are over the limit.… Read the rest

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What Home Improvements are Tax Deductible?

home owner tax deductionsCan I Get a Tax Deduction for Home Improvements?

Although home improvements cannot be deducted, they may be depreciated.

This simply means you deduct the expenditure over a period of time ranging from three to two and a half years.

To be eligible for depreciation on home renovation and improvement expenses, you must utilize a part of your house for purposes other than a personal residence.

You Can Use Your Mortgage to Improve Your Home

mortgage interest tax deduction

If you’re buying a home, you can reduce the costs of your renovation project by making the changes when you purchase the home.… Read the rest

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New Homeowner Tax Credits and Deductions

Is There a Tax Credit for Buying a New House?

The First-Time Homebuyer Act of 2021 establishes a federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers. It’s not a loan you have to pay back, nor is it a cash gift like the Downpayment Toward Equity Act. The tax credit is equivalent to 10% of the purchase price of your home and cannot exceed $15,000 in 2021.

New Home Buyer Tax Credits

US politicians presented the First-Time Homebuyer Act of 2021 on April 28, 2021. The measure amends the IRS tax law to provide up to $15,000 in federal tax credits to first-time home purchasers.… Read the rest

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Dependents – The Tax Deductions They Bring

Kids can be stressful at times, but the good news is they can save your butt during tax time. Today we are sharing some of the tax benefits that kids and other dependents bring to you.

Dependent Tax Deductions

dependent tax deductionsYou may be able to claim more dependent tax deductions and credits as a family than single taxpayers. However, if you’re not aware of these deductions and credits, you might be losing out on significant tax breaks.

Child Tax Credit

The child tax credit is better than the deductions because your taxes are reduced dollar for dollar.… Read the rest