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7 Property Tax Breaks for Homeowners

People tending hedgerows feel uneasy noticing even a small outgrowth. Likewise, people owning homes get finicky about off the scale taxes. Turning over pages and pages of legal documents and fooling away with easy help to put off the tax burden is not a good start. First, get an idea of how to belittle huge tax burden before you get started. Read through the following informational stuff to clear up your mind on tax deductions and savings.

If you start off as a homeowner, you may never know what comes next. Soon, you will feel the pressure of spending big bucks to pay property taxes. Naturally, you think over how to crush down the abominable tax loads. It would be better if you know the ins and outs of property tax in the first place. Plus, knowing how to relate things in real estate realm would help you gain traction on easing off your tax burden.

Let’s begin with certain catch terms in real estate. Words that often pop up are mortgage, interest, payments, and the like. Apart from that, there are so many terms spinning around the world of real estate. Don’t be baffled! Just cool down and relax. Go through the following content to educate yourself on certain tactics to bring down exorbitant property tax.

Are you interested with Mortgage?

Normally, borrowers are bound to pay two-thirds of their monthly mortgage as interests in the beginning. If you mortgage loans for your homes, you get ideal tax benefits with larger chunks of mortgage interests.

What to do?

Paying interests for mortgage is an inescapable duty every year. At the end of January, you are supposed to receive a mortgage statement from your lender that you have paid off the due for the previous year. Don’t put away those papers. Vet the statement pages to find a mention of Form 1098. If you find so, zoom in to the details of interest paid that you may even point at in the event of any real estate appraisal.

But, just for now, use the material for demanding a tax deduction by filling out a Schedule Itemized Deductions form. With the form 1098 in handy, fill in the line 10. If you don’t have the form, you can go on with filling the line 11. By this way, you hit on an average deduction of roughly around $9,540.

Count on Real Estate Taxes

Whether you mortgage or not, you are still paying property taxes. So, you can pounce at this opportunity to cut down tax dollars, provided that you are a landlord and not a renter.

How to check paid tax?

Well, as a matter of fact, you can find your paid tax amount by two ways:

  • Checking on mortgage statement, only if you hold escrow or impound account
  • Looking through cancelled checks

As soon as you find your paid taxes for the past year, proceed with filling in the line 6 of Schedule A. You can achieve an average deduction that tunes up to$4,420.

Good News for Mortgage Insurers

If you are a first-timer in homeownership, then you have a rewarding benefit of saving tax money on mortgage insurance. Basically, if homeowners agree to pay down only a mere sum of the total outstanding, i.e., less than 20% at start, they have to buy private mortgage insurance (PMI). Those who groan about it may guffaw at the unexpected twist. Because, you can blow off the troubles of excessive tax burden later. This privilege extends only to those who earn less than $100,000. Nearly 0.5% to 1% of the total loan amount accounts for your PMI which you can point out for tax deduction. And, get an average deduction amounting to $1,300.

From Mortgage Points Standpoint

Earning a mortgage point sets a game point for your tax deduction plans. A ‘point’ in mortgage is a pre-payment of 1% of the total loan amount before the start of installment. Gaining a point would lower the interest rate through the life of the loan. Let’s say, you owe $200,000 for a home mortgage. If you ask for a point it would amount to $2,000 which would in turn render $500 tax savings, if at all, you come under 25% tax bracket. The average deduction is close to $611.

Natural Disaster, a Peg to Tax Deduction

If a recent storm or fire has taken a toll on your normal livelihood, you may have to bear the brunt of paying taxes too. But, you can turn things around for your own sake. Believe it or not, this aspect of loss paves a way for property tax deduction. Just pore over the Form 4684 and find out whether your losses are tax deductible and come to a conclusion.

If you are housing an office

Normally businesses seek commercial real estate assistance to set up an office space. But, self-employers have other plans. They often want to run their businesses with the comfort of their homes. If you are one among them and have a home office that meets IRS standards, get perky on your chances of making tax savings. With your home office sitting on 5% of your home’s total square footage, you can trim 5% off property taxes, insurance, utilities, et al.

Do Improvements Goes Worthy on Sale?

In the long run of owning a property, you have done so many alterations to it. You would have spent considerable amount for all those expenses. Luckily, you saved all receipts pertaining to repair and retrofit expenditure. You can haggle over tax deduction on the cost basis of property maintenance.

Perks on going green

If your house is powered up by more energy-efficient sources such as solar panels and geothermal heating systems, rather than conventional energy sources, keep your fingers crossed for a potential tax credit. Though the tax gain you benefit is not a touting sum, it’s still a worthwhile decision and you’ve played it fairly.

Blog Author

Patrick O’Connor, MAI, Owner and President
Patrick O’Connor has been active in reducing property taxes, providing expert witness testimony and appraising commercial real estate property since 1983. Pat is active in publishing analyses and data with respect to the real estate market, while being a highly regarded media spokesperson for the real estate community. He holds a MAI, the highest achievable designation from the Appraisal Institute, and is a licensed senior property tax consultant. Pat earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. In 2001, he authored the first definitive consumer guide to Texas property taxes, Cut Your Texas Property Taxes.

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