THE TAX BENEFITS OF BEING A HOMEOWNER

When purchasing or selling a home, one should consider the many tax benefits.  Buying a home is usually the biggest investments a person will ever make. Due to various tax benefits put in place by the government to encourage consumers to purchase homes, buying a home could be a very wise decision. In order to better understand these benefits, it is important to consult with an accountant or financial adviser.

MORTGAGE INTEREST

One of the largest tax benefits is the deduction of mortgage interest. The interest paid on a primary residence can often be deducted if the consumer ops to itemize deductions on their Federal Income Tax Return.  The consumer could potentially claim a deduction for any interest they have paid on mortgages for building, purchasing a home, or even a mortgage taken out for home improvements, as long as the house secures the mortgage.

PROPERTY TAXES AND HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE

In addition to mortgage interest, property taxes and homeowners insurance are also tax deductible.  Private Mortgage Insurance (or PMI) is also deductible.  However, VA Loans never have PMI.

THE VA FUNDING FEE IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE

The VA does not charge PMI, but they do often charge a one-time funding fee between 1.25 – 3.3%, that is often added to the loan.  This fee is a one-time tax deduction.  Disabled veterans who receive compensation for their disability are VA funding fee exempt.

CLOSING COSTS AND DEDUCTING POINTS

When tax season approaches, after a consumer has purchased a home, they may be confused about settlement charges when filing their income tax returns. When a consumer takes on a mortgage to buy a house, or refinance their current home loan, there will be some closing costs that will come up. Typically, these are compromised of fees to process the sale, check the title, have the property appraised, and drafting of the contract and the record of the sale.

All of this can seem overwhelming, especially if a consumer is a first time home buyer. Regardless, it is best to discuss any questions or concerns with a reputable tax specialist.

The Chapman Lending Team at HomeBridge Financial is honored to help many veterans utilize their VA home loan benefit each and every year.  We ARE NOT a call center.  Our goal is to provide the best customer service in the industry along with the most competitive rates and fees.

Semper Fi, Dan Chapman CAPT, USMC (vet)

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