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New Tax law that affects homeownership in the United States effective January 1st 2018

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Congress recently passed a new tax law, and you’ve probably wondered how it impacts homeownership. In the following 4 areas (consult your tax professional about your specific situation and the tax savings benefits of homeownership):

I hope you had a great holiday season. As you know, Congress recently passed a new tax law, and you’ve probably wondered how it impacts homeownership. In the following three areas (consult your tax professional about your specific situation and the tax savings benefits of homeownership)

How does the new tax law impact homeownership?
Effective January 1, 2018, the new tax law impacts important benefits of homeownership:
Mortgage interest deductions

The new law, which applies to mortgage debt incurred on or after December 15th, 2017, allows interest to be deducted on mortgages worth up to $750,000 – for primary residences only. The new law does not affect the $1 million interest deduction limit for homeowners who got that mortgage before December 15, 2017. After this year, interest paid on loans for vacations homes is no longer deductible.

Home equity loan interest deductions

The new tax law no longer allows homeowners with home equity loans or lines of credit to deduct the loan’s interest from a federal return. This deduction was previously allowed up to $100,000, and there’s no grandfather clause.

Mortgage insurance premiums

The new tax law does not reinstate the deduction for mortgage insurance premiums.

Property tax deductions

The new law puts a $10,000 cap on the amount of state, local taxes, and property taxes, that can be deducted from a federal return. Previously, the deduction was unlimited.

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