You can only have one primary residence at a time. Simply declaring to the world that your new home is actually your primary residence isn’t quite enough. You actually have to live there for a majority of each year. In general, when you sell your home and it is your primary residence, you can exclude from federal income tax $250,000 (if you are single, or $500,000 if you are married) of the profits from the sale of the home. But you must have used the home as your primary residence for two out of the last five years. Learn more about what it means to have a primary residence.
A mother-in-law passed away and her son and his wife took over the mortgage payments including mortgage interest. Can they deduct mortgage interest on their taxes even though their names are not on the mortgage? Yes, because they will use the property as a primary residence. Consult the IRS web site for more information on mortgage interest tax deductions.
Does it make sense to have the title to a primary residence held by a limited liability company (LLC)? If your LLC owns a primary residence you may lose various tax deductions. It may also be more difficult to obtain favorable mortgage financing because a property owned by an LLC may be considered an investment property.
A sibling asks about having a brother move into his widowed mother's now vacant home to facilitate buying homeowners insurance. The family plans for the brother to buy the home but he can't afford it until he receives his share of the estate. It's a good idea to have the brother move into the home to help buy homeowners insurance, but it might not be necessary to sell him the home right away.
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service allows tax payers to deduct some real estate taxes when they file. Can an owner of multiple properties deduct the property taxes from a recently inherited property? A Think Glink reader asks about deducting the property taxes from a property he inherited with his brother from their mother. Sam and Ilyce say it's pretty unlikely that the real estate or property taxes may be deducted because the property is neither a primary residence nor an investment property.
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Can you can cancel a mortgage refinance loan after having signed the paperwork. It depends on how soon after having signed the refinance documents you change your mind and some lenders may charge fees for backing out. Some contracts list specific cases when it is OK to cancel a loan.
What tax deductions can you take on a primary residence and on a rental property? The IRS does not let you treat a property rental as a primary residence for tax purposes. And what risks do you face if you rent out a property in a homeowners association that prohibits rentals?
When you get a home via a quit claim deed and then have to move out of state for work you're faced with a decision. Should you sell the home you received through a quit claim deed or should you try to keep it as a rental property? The decision to be come a landlord or to sell a home depends on whether you have enough money to maintain the home or feel that you can find a good tenant. You should also take tax considerations into account.
Homeowners taking a loss when selling can now get tax help. The tax help is part of the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Relief Act. Under the new rule, taxpayers can exclude up to $2 million of mortgage debt forgiven in 2007, 2008, or 2009 on their primary residence.
In order to be able to take a capital gains tax exclusion when you sell your home, you have to have lived there at least two out of the last five years. This primary residence definition is critical to taking the tax exclusion when you sell. You cannot exclude capital gains from the sale of a vacation or second home.