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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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Tax Credits for Electric Cars

Electric vehicle tax credits can be highly valuable, but there are a lot of confusing rules regarding how they work. This guide will show you what you need to know about tax credits on plug-in electric vehicles. It will also answer some of the most common questions people have.

How Much are Electric Vehicle Tax Credits?

electric car and vehicle tax creditAll-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles bought new in or after 2010 may be eligible for a $7,500 federal income tax credit.
The amount of the credit will vary depending on the capacity of the battery used to power the car.… 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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How to Determine Which Medical Expenses are Tax Deductible

Even if you have the best insurance plan, you still might end up paying medical bills. However, all hope is not lost. You can still get a tax break from your medical expenses that can help reduce your overall medical costs.

Learn what medical expenses are tax deductible.

In 2019, the IRS allowed you to deduct medical expenses that exceeded 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, all taxpayers may deduct only the amount of the total unreimbursed allowable medical care expenses for the year that exceeds 10% of their adjusted gross income.… Read the rest