Tax Impacts

Tax Deal Has Home Owner Benefits

Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010

Home owners were among those who benefited from the tax compromise that President Obama signed last week. Among the most home owner-friendly provisions are:

Deductions for private mortgage insurance: The agreement extends through 2011 a provision allowing home owners to deduct mortgage insurance premiums. To qualify for the full deduction, homeowners must have an adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less. Taxpayers with AGI of $100,000 to $109,000 can claim a partial deduction. Borrowers can’t deduct mortgage premiums on home loans that closed before 2007.

Tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements. Home owners who install insulation, new windows or other energy-saving improvement in 2010 are eligible for a tax credit worth 30 percent of the cost up to a lifetime maximum of $1,500. Improvements must be bought and installed by Dec. 31. Those who delay improvements to 2011 still get a tax credit, but it is capped at $500.

Source: USA Today, Sandra Block (12/21/2010)

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