American Tax Service

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Is it Possible to Deduct Mortgage Interest?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) completely changed the US tax system. The last such change of this magnitude happened more than thirty years ago. As a result, millions of Americans are now left wondering what they’re entitled to and which deductions are still valid.

One of the most widely taken deductions is the deduction for mortgage interest. The TCJA didn’t eliminate it, but significant changes were made. Plus, due to other changes, many Americans will now be ineligible to use the mortgage interest deduction going forward.… Read the rest

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What is a W-2 Form?

If you have ever filed a tax return, then you’ve probably come across the term W-2.

w2 form online

This is an essential tax document that provides an overview of your income and the taxes withheld from your salary every year. You are going to need it to file state and federal returns, so here’s everything you need to know about a w2 form.

Automatic Deductions

Your employer is required, by law, to withhold a portion of your salary to cover mandatory taxes.

Just like you must file taxes, so does your boss – and part of their filing process is a breakdown of how much tax they have deducted from you based on what you earn.… Read the rest

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What is the Home Office Deduction?

In order to claim the home office deduction, you must know the square footage of your entire home and your home office. Auditors do not usually make home visits. If you send them photos of your home office, that is usually all of the verification that they need.

Determine Which Method to UseHome Office Tax Deduction

Percentage of your home – This method allows you to calculate your home office percentage and then claim the home office deduction. You need to determine the square footage of your entire home and the square footage of your office.… Read the rest

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Deducting (PMI) Private Mortgage Insurance

Homeowners are usually well informed about the home-related tax deductions that they can make at filing time. However, when purchasing a home, other costs can quickly accumulate. For buyers who can’t come up with a 20% down payment on the purchase price, they will have the added cost of private mortgage insurance (PMI).

The PMI is a policy that is taken out by the homebuyer to protect the lender against possible default on the mortgage loan.

PMI is Tax-DeductiblePMI Private Mortgage Insurance

This income tax deduction was developed as an element of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 and was initially added to private mortgage insurance (PMI) plans issued in 2007.… Read the rest

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Is it Possible to Get a Tax Deduction on Your Home Equity Loan?

Can I Get a Home Equity Loan Tax Deduction?Can I get a home equity loan tax deduction?

The answer is you can still deduct home equity loan interest. But the rules have changed, and there are more limitations than ever before.

Interest on home equity loans has traditionally been fully tax-deductible. But with the tax reform brought on by President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), a lot of homeowners are struggling to work out whether they can still take a home equity loan tax deduction.

This is now the first year the new rules will apply to their new taxes, despite the original act being passed in 2017.… Read the rest