Tax Season

Dated: 03/23/2018

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STANDARD OR ITEMIZED

Taxpayers can decide each year whether to take the standard deduction or their itemized deductions when filing their personal income tax returns. Roughly, 75% of households with more than $75,000 income and most homeowners itemize their deductions.

Beginning in 2018, the standard deduction, available to all taxpayers, regardless of whether they own a home, is $24,000 for married filing jointly and $12,000 for single taxpayers.

Let's look at an example of a couple purchasing a $300,000 home with 3.5% down at 5% interest. The first year's interest would be $14,630 and property taxes are estimated at 1.5% of sales price would be $4,500.

The interest and property taxes would provide a combined total of $19,130 which is less than the $24,000 standard deduction. Unless this hypothetical couple has other itemized deductions like charitable contributions that would make the total exceed $24,000, they would benefit more from taking the standard deduction.

If the mortgage rate were at 8%, the combined total of taxes and interest would be almost $28,000 which would make itemizing the deductions more beneficial.

Tax professionals will compare available alternatives to find the one that will benefit the taxpayer most. For more information, see www.IRS.gov and consult a tax advisor.

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Renee Plumlee, REALTOR® ABR®
Keller Williams Lake Cities
Ivy League Realty Team Associate
214-734-5872
pickrenee@kw.com
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Renee Plumlee

Out of my 25+ years of real estate experience & career, I have acted as Senior Escrow Officer and Title Operations Manager for a Fee Attorney – Title Office in Rockwall County. Also moved to work in....

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