I purchased a house this year. Would I qualify for any tax deductions on a home purchase?
Unfortunately, most of the expenses you paid when buying your home are not deductible in the year of purchase.
The only tax deductions on a home purchase you may qualify for is the prepaid mortgage interest(points). To deduct prepaid mortgage interest (points) paid to the lender if you must meet these qualifications:
Normally, if you purchase a piece of real estate to fix up and sell it at later date, the profit is taxed under the capital gains rules. There are even more favorable rules if the property qualifies as your principal residence. If you live in it more than two years during the five-year period preceding the sale, you can often exclude the gain from taxation altogether under special rules for homeowners.
As people prepare to file their taxes, there are things to consider. They will want to determine if they need to file and the best way to do so.
Grandparents who work and are also raising grandchildren might benefit from the earned income tax credit. The IRS encourages these… Read more Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren Should Check Their Eligibility for EITC
MEDICAL AND DENTAL EXPENSES
You can deduct most expenses relating to medical or dental diagnosis,
treatment or prevention as long as those expenses are in excess of
7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI).
Whether you are paying for a college education or a teacher buying items for your classroom, education credits and deductions can help lower your tax bill.
The American Opportunity Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit or the Tuition and Fees Deduction may help offset the cost of higher education for you, your spouse and your dependents.
Find out if you overlooked a credit or deduction on past returns with an FREE Review from our InWorks tax professionals.
Tax reform is making progress, but there’s still a long way to go. AP/Alex Brandon
Income-tax brackets could change in 2018 if tax legislation is enacted under President Donald Trump.
The Senate’s bill proposes keeping seven tax brackets but changing the income ranges, while the House’s version of the bill would reduce the number of tax brackets to four.
Every year, the IRS adjusts more than 40 tax provisions for inflation. This is done to prevent what is called “bracket creep.” This is the phenomenon by which people are pushed into higher income tax brackets or have reduced value from credits or deductions due to inflation, instead of any increase in real income.