While there are many advantages to owning Los Angeles real estate, the tax benefits are some of the most important to consider. For decades, the Federal Government and the state of California have incentivized homeownership through tax benefits that are not available to renters. These benefits not only help to reduce the home ownership costs, but also the costs of buying and selling a home. Below are a few tips to help you get a better understanding of real estate and the many tax benefits that come with owning a home.
It’s important to note, however, that in order for a homeowner to take full advantage of most benefits, they must itemize their taxes.
1) Mortgage Interest Deduction
The mortgage interest deduction (MID) is easily one of the best tax benefits available to homeowners. After searching, finding, and purchasing one of the many Los Angeles homes for sale, a new homeowner is able to deduct all the interest paid on their mortgage payments. For the first few years of the loan, interest tends to be the largest component of the mortgage payment. Because of this, the MID is a very beneficial tax advantage to homeowners.
2) Property Tax Deduction
For income tax purposes, it’s possible to fully deduct the real estate property taxes paid on a first home. By taking advantage of these property tax deductions, a homeowner can effectively reduce their total tax burden. To learn more, check out Schedule A (Form 1040), line 6.
3) Capital Gains Exclusion
When considering Los Angeles homes for sale, it’s important for a buyer to develop a long-term plan that includes the capital gains exclusion. So long as a homeowner has lived in their home for two of the last five years, they can take advantage of the exclusion. Individuals can exclude up to $250,000, whereas couples can exclude up to $500,000. It’s possible to claim the exclusion once every 2 years.
Ultimately, there are a ton of tax advantages and benefits available to homeowners — the tricky part is finding them. For those who wish to learn more about these tax advantages and others, seek out a certified public accountant (CPA) or tax attorney to assess all the available options.
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