Thinking of Selling Your Home? – Understanding the Home Gain Exclusion
Thinking of Selling Your Home? – Understanding the Home Gain Exclusion Often a tax surprise occurs when selling your home. The possibility of capital gains tax should be understood before selling your residence. Here is a summary of the rules. One of the largest tax breaks available to most individuals is the ability to exclude up to $250,000 ($500,000 married) in capital gains on the sale of your personal residence. Making the assumption that this gain exclusion will always keep you safe from tax can be a big mistake. Here is what you need to know. The rule’s basics As
The Lost Art of Tracking Home Improvements – How a tax law makes us sloppy and creates a tax risk
When does a tax benefit not become a tax benefit? When you assume you no longer need to keep track of something. This is the case with the home gain exclusion. One of the more popular provisions in the tax code is the $250,000 capital gain exclusion ($500,000 for a married couple) of any profit made when selling your home. As long as you follow the rules, most home sales transactions are not a taxable event. But what if the tax law is changed? What if you rent out your home? What if you cannot prove the cost of your
Tax Benefits of Home Ownership
ow that home values are on the rise once more, it makes sense to review the tax benefits of home ownership. As always, should you know of someone who may benefit from this information please feel free to forward this newsletter to them. Tax Benefits of Home Ownership When it comes to tax savings it really is home sweet home. Here are some of the popular tax benefits of owning your own home and how to get the most out of your home’s tax advantaged status. Mortgage interest. Interest paid on your home mortgage is still tax deductible. This deduction
Check Your Pay. Social Security Changes are Here! – Know your new take-home pay
The temporary tax cut in Social Security expires at the end of the year. What will your employer do? You had better check. When you receive your initial paycheck for 2013 you had better take a close look to see what the payroll department has done with your pay. If you do not, you may be in for a big tax bite at the end of the year. Background For years the Social Security tax was set at 12.4% of your earnings. 6.2% of the obligation was paid by your employer. The other 6.2% was paid by you, the employee.