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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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What is Capital Gains Partial Exclusion for Home Sale?

What is the Capital Gains Exclusion?

The capital gains exclusion is an IRS tax provision that allows you to exclude a certain amount of your capital gains from your taxable income. For example, if you have a capital gain of $10,000, you can exclude $3,000 of it from your taxable income.

Capital gain on a home sale is the difference between the selling price of your home and the original purchase price, plus any improvements you made to the home. The capital gains tax on your home can have a big effect on how much profit you ultimately bring in from selling your home and/or property.… Read the rest

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Home Energy Tax Credits

Tax season is going to be here before you know it. Therefore, now is the time to ensure that you have completed all of the energy-efficient upgrades to your home.

Having an energy-efficient home will save money on your bills and pay less money in taxes. Learn how you claim home energy tax credits if you qualify.

Non-Business Energy Property Credit

home energy tax creditsYou can get a 30% credit for your energy-efficient improvements. Things that fall under this category include:

  • Water heaters
  • Electric heat pumps
  • Central air conditioners
  • Natural gas, propane, or oil water heaters
  • Qualified oil furnaces
  • Qualified oil hot water boilers
  • Some air circulating fans
  • Insulation that reduced heat loss or gains
  • Exterior windows, skylights, or doors
  • Storm windows and doors
  • Solar panels
  • Metal and asphalt roofs that reduce heat loss or gain

Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit

This energy tax credit will allow you to have a 30% credit for the alternative energy equipment that you have installed.… Read the rest

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Tax Credits for New Home Construction

Are you building a new home?

There are tax breaks available for people in this situation. They come in the form of tax deductions and tax credits. A credit is used to reduce the amount you pay, and a deduction reduces your total taxable income.

Here are some of the tax write-offs available to you now.

Did You Pay Interest on a Construction Loan?

new home construction

If you took out a construction loan to build your home, then chances are you paid interest on that loan.… Read the rest