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How to File Taxes as a Homeowner in 2017

If you bought your first home in 2016, chances are you’re in for a very new tax experience this year.

That’s because for many new homeowners, buying a house is the first time it makes sense to itemize taxes.

The good news is that itemizing your taxes is surprisingly easy to do.

Here’s how to make sure you save the most on taxes while minimizing your filing headaches.

First, locate your Closing Disclosure Agreement. This is a part of your home closing paperwork provided by your lender.

Second, add up the following four main real estate deductions:

1. Loan costs and fees

These are different fees charged by your lender and spread throughout the Closing Disclosure Agreement.

Different lenders will call them by different names. Look for the items “application fee,” “underwriting fee,” and “loan costs.”

2. Mortgage interest

You can deduct the entire interest portion of your monthly mortgage payments.

This will probably be your biggest tax deduction, particularly at the start of your mortgage when interest payments are highest.

3. Property taxes

You can deduct property taxes — but only for the part of the year that you owned the house.

Amazingly, you can claim this deduction even if you managed to negotiate with the seller to have them pay the full year’s property taxes.

4. Mortgage insurance

If you’ve put down less than 20%, you probably have to pay for private mortgage insurance. The good news is this item is also tax deductible.

By the way, mortgage insurance is entirely different from homeowners insurance, which isn’t tax deductible.

There are a few other items you might also be able to itemize.

For example, if you gave away furniture or appliances before moving, this can be deducted as a charitable donation.

And if you work from home, you can claim additional deductions for that.

Now, add up all those deductions.

Is the total less than the standard deduction ($6,300 for an individual, $12,600 for a married couple)?

If it is — congratulations, you will save more this year by itemizing your taxes.

By the way, we’ve been talking this whole time about new homeowners.

But even if you’ve already owned your home for a while but you haven’t been itemizing your taxes yet, you can definitely start doing so.

Points two through four above are recurring deductions, and you can also apply them this tax season.

Also, if you did not buy a house in 2016 but you’re considering doing it this year, make sure you check out all the available listings around North Alabama:

Click here for all available North Alabama homes for sale.

And if you didn’t purchase a home in 2016, but you’d like to in 2017 give us a call at 256-799-9000. We’re ready to help you get started!


This Week’s Closings:

  • Mr. Nathan Childers
  • Mr. James P. Wright
  • Mr. Keven Hutchinson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Norman Curry
  • Mr. and Mrs. Troy Farsoun
  • Mr. Joseph Taylor
  • Ms. Lori Hunter
  • Ms. Jeritta M. Barnes
  • Mr. and Mrs. Talbert Cox
  • Ms. Savannah Faith Hogan
  • Ms. Laura J. Gummel
  • Mr. Paul Dyess
  • Mr. Terry Wright of The Oasis Group
  • Ms. Amelia I. Daly
  • Mr. Dwayne D. Rice
  • Mr. and Mrs. Brad Miller
  • Mr. Clifton R. Broden
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mark Acker
  • Ms. Sherri Restauri
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Von Stein
  • Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Smith
  • Ms. Deborah Anne Ely
  • Mr. Jordan Brock
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lucas Keppy
  • Mr. Andrew Weaver
  • Ms. Deborah Lukowski
  • Mr. Ricky Anyon Jr.
  • Ms. Catherine McCarty
  • Ms. Denise Mastin
  • Mr. and Mrs. Yoedong Sovyanhadi
  • Ms. Ester Betz
  • Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Adkins
  • Mr. Joshua Wrona
  • Ms. Christa Ford
  • Ms. Crystal McNeese
  • The Randy and Francine Rathmann Revocable Trust
  • Mr. Orlando T. Gill
  • Ms. Kristi Pinedale
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Frieler

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