Ready for Tax Season? Here are a Few Housing-Related Tax Tips to Consider

February 15, 2021

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since the Covid-19 pandemic began and changed the way we live, work and play. This year, the tax filing deadline has been extended to May 17. As you prepare your 2020 taxes, here are a few housing-related items to keep in mind.

Home interest deductions.

  • Mortgages that closed before Dec. 14, 2017: A married couple filing jointly and single filers can deduct mortgage interest on a combined debt limit of $1 million.
  • Mortgages that closed after Dec. 14, 2017: For both primary residences and second home loans, mortgage interest can be deducted on a combined debt limit of $750,000.

 Property tax deductions.

Taxpayers who itemize can only deduct up to $10,000 on a combination of state and local property, income and sales taxes. This applies to property taxes on your primary residence, a vacation home and undeveloped land.

 Capital gains tax exclusions.

Married-joint filers can exclude up to $500,000 and single filers can exclude up to $250,000 when selling their primary home, provided they’ve lived there two of the past five years.

Those are just a few of the housing-related tax laws. Please consult your tax advisor for more information on how these and other tax deductions may apply to you.

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