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If you own your own home and have a mortgage, you likely received a document at tax time from your lender. Known as the Form 1098, it totals the amount of interest you paid during the last tax year on your mortgage. The IRS must receive a copy of this form from your lender per […]

The one thing in life that’s guaranteed is that you’ll have to pay taxes. Thankfully, though, the government opts not to force you to pay on your entire amount of income. When determining the amount of income for which you shall be taxed, the IRS uses two determinations of deductions: Above the Line, and Below […]

Taking the standard deduction may seem like the easier option when filing your taxes. However, it may not be the most valuable to you in the long run. Itemizing your deductions may lower your taxes owed. You can determine which method works best for you by figuring out the amount of each deduction method. In […]

Mortgage points refer to certain fees or costs you’ve paid in order to get a home mortgage. Basically, points are a type of interest that you’ve prepaid, and may be deductible as interest if you chose to itemize your deductions when filing your tax return. If you are able to deduct all of the interest […]

There are two methods you can use to deduct expenses at tax time: you can either itemize or utilize the standard deduction. Deductions decrease your taxable income, lowering your tax threshold. The standard deduction amount is different depending on factors such as filing status, taxpayer age, and income levels, and is revised annually. There are […]

What are Itemized Deductions?

Chosing to itemize your deductions at tax time can prove beneficial in many ways. When you itemize, you list all of your expenses and amounts paid on Schedule A of Form 1040 when you file your tax return. These expenses can range from medical or dental care and state or local income tax, to mortgage […]

Deductible Interest

When you complete Schedule A for your federal tax return, you are able to deduct any home mortgage interest in two categories: Loan interest for monies used to significantly improve a primary or secondary residence, which is backed by the property. The loan must not exceed $1,000,000. Loan interest that is secured by your home, […]

Itemized Deduction Limits

Some itemized deductions have different amount limitations, depending on the type of deduction. Generally, the limits are figured on a scale based off a percentage of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI). In order to determine what you can deduct, you will have to subtract the corresponding percentage of your AGI from the total amount […]

Mortgage Deduction

Despite heading into the winter season, preparations you take today could make the springtime a little brighter, in terms of tax time savings. For homeowners, itemizing your taxes can help you get a little extra in savings, as you can claim interest that you’ve paid on your first and second mortgages, up to $1.1 million, […]