How Much Do You Save in Taxes by Owning a Home


Mortgage Interest Deduction

Homeowners can deduct mortgage interest on their federal income taxes. The mortgage interest deduction helps reduce the cost of homeownership and can save you thousands of dollars in taxes over the life of your loan. To qualify for the mortgage interest deduction, you must itemize your deductions on your tax return.

The amount of mortgage interest you can deduct is limited to:

  • $750,000 for individuals
  • $375,000 for married couples filing separately

If you have a loan balance that exceeds these limits, you will not be able to deduct the interest on the excess amount.

The mortgage interest deduction is a valuable tax break for homeowners. If you are considering buying a home, be sure to factor the mortgage interest deduction into your financial planning.

Filing StatusMortgage Interest Deduction Limit
Married Filing Jointly$750,000
Married Filing Separately$375,000

Property Tax Deduction

One of the primary ways homeownership can reduce your tax bill is through the property tax deduction. Property taxes are levied by local governments to generate revenue for public services like schools, roads, and parks. The good news for homeowners is that these taxes are generally deductible on your federal income tax return.

To claim the property tax deduction, you must itemize your deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040. The deduction is available whether you pay your property taxes directly or they are escrowed as part of your mortgage payment.

Limitations on Deductible Property Taxes

There are, however, some limitations on the amount of property taxes you can deduct. The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 capped the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT), including property taxes, at $10,000 per year.

Gain on Sale Exclusions

The IRS allows homeowners to exclude up to $250,000 of gain on the sale of their primary residence ($500,000 for married couples filing jointly). This means that if you sell your home for a profit, you may not have to pay taxes on the first $250,000 ($500,000 for married couples) of your gain.

To qualify for the gain on sale exclusion, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have owned and used the home as your primary residence for at least two of the five years leading up to the sale.
  • You must not have claimed the gain on sale exclusion on any other home sale within the past two years.

State and Local Income Tax Deduction

When you own a home, you can deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from your state and local income taxes. This deduction can save you a significant amount of money, depending on your income and the amount of mortgage interest and property taxes you pay. Deductible interest includes mortgage interest paid on your first and second homes, as well as interest on loans secured by your home equity.

  • The state and local income tax deduction is available to both itemizers and non-itemizers.
  • The deduction is capped at $10,000 for individuals and $20,000 for married couples filing jointly.
  • The deduction is phased out for higher-income taxpayers.

The following table shows the state and local income tax deduction for different income levels:

Income LevelDeduction Amount
Below $150,000Full deduction
$150,000 to $250,000Phased out
Above $250,000No deduction

Well, there you have it, folks! Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned homeowner, understanding the tax savings that come with owning a home can make a huge difference in your financial well-being. Remember, the tax benefits of homeownership are one of the biggest perks, so take advantage of them! Thanks for hanging out with me, and be sure to check back for more home-related tips and tricks. Until next time, keep smiling and keep saving!