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Tax Breaks and Deductions Every New Homeowner Needs to Know About

by Robert & Nancy Lindeman 11/07/2018

Buying your first home is probably one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your life. But, it does come with its advantages. Among them are tax breaks and deductions that you can take advantage of to save money if you play your cards right.

In today’s post, I’m going to cover some of the tax breaks and deductions that first-time homeowners should seek out this tax season to help them lower their tax bill.

Mortgage points

While earning points is a good thing on the basketball court, it can be a financial drain on a mortgage. Mortgage points are what buyers pay to the lender to secure their loan. They’re usually given as percentage points of the total loan amount.

If you pay these points with your closing costs, then they are deductible. Taxpayers who itemize deductions on their IRS Form 1040 can typically deduct all of the points they paid in a year, with the exception of some high-income taxpayers whose itemized deductions are limited.

PMI costs

If you’re one of the many people who made a down payment of less than 20% on your home, odds are that you’re going to be stuck with PMI, or private mortgage insurance, until you pay off at least 20% of the loan balance.

The good news is that homebuyers who purchased their home in the year 2007 and after can deduct their PMI premiums. However, the state on premium insurance deductibles is something that frequently comes up in Congress, so homeowners should ensure that these deductions are still valid when filing their taxes.

Mortgage interest

Mortgage interest accounts for the biggest deduction for the average homeowner. When you receive your Form 1098 from your lender, you can deduct the total amount of interest you’ve paid during the year.

Property taxes

Another deductible that shouldn’t be overlooked by first-time buyers is local property taxes. Save the records for any property taxes you pay so that you can deduct them during tax season.

Home energy tax credits

Some states are offering generous tax credits for homeowners who make home improvements that save energy. There are a number of improvements you might qualify for, including things like insulation and roofs, as well as photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.

IRA Withdrawals

Many first-time buyers withdraw from an IRA account to be able to make a larger down payment on their home or to pay for closing costs. In most other cases, withdrawing from an IRA will count as taxable income. However, if your IRA withdrawal is used toward a down payment or closing costs, the tax penalty is waived.


Keep these tax breaks and deductions in mind this tax season to help you save money and get a larger refund.

About the Author

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Robert & Nancy Lindeman

Robert and Nancy Lindeman have over 25 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate transactions, and have been top producers for many years.

They pride themselves on providing a highly individualized approach to each client's needs, including a strong presence on the Internet. Weekly blogs about the Sarasota Lifestyle provide a wealth of information to their clients. Social networking has enhanced their marketing efforts and has resulted in a new source of buyers and sellers.

They are currently living the Downtown Sarasota Lifestyle and have sold many downtown condominiums as well as properties on Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, St. Armands Key, Bird Key, in many golf course communities, and in the greater Sarasota/Bradenton area.

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Nancy and Bob Lindeman have been friends and realtors for over the past 14 years during which time we have purchased three and sold four properties, they have been very professional and responsive throughout the period. We wouldn't use anyone else in Sarasota market

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