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  • Tax Benefits of Homeownership

  • The tax deductions you're eligible to take for mortgage interest and property taxes greatly increase the financial benefits of homeownership. Here's how it works.
  • Assume:
    $9,877 = Mortgage interest paid (a loan of $150,000 for 30 years, at 7 percent, using year-five interest)
    $2,700 = Property taxes (at 1.5 percent on $180,000 assessed value)
    ______ $12,577 = Total deduction
  • Then, multiply your total deduction by your tax rate.

    For example, at a 28 percent tax rate: 12,577 x 0.28 = $3,521.56

    $3,521.56 = Amount you have lowered your federal income tax (at 28 percent tax rate)
Note: Mortgage interest may not be deductible on loans over $1.1 million. In addition, deductions are decreased when total income reaches a certain level.
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