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For a complete guide of tax deducts

If you bought your home, you probably paid settlement or closing costs in addition to the contract price. These costs are divided between you and the seller according to the sales contract, local custom, or understanding of the parties. If you built your home, you probably paid these costs when you bought the land or settled on your mortgage.

The only settlement or closing costs you can deduct are home mortgage interest, points that represent interest and certain real estate taxes. You may deduct them in the year you buy your home if you itemize your deductions. Real estate taxes are usually divided so that you and the seller each pay taxes for the part of the property tax year that each owned the home.

You add certain other settlement or closing costs to the basis of your home. You include in your basis the settlement fees and closing costs that are for buying your home. A fee is for buying the home if you would have had to pay it even if you paid cash for the home.

There are some settlement or closing costs that you cannot deduct or add to the basis of your home. These include fees and costs that are for getting a mortgage loan. For more information refer to Publication 530, Tax Information for First Time-Homeowners, and Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction.

  • Property Taxes
    This is the one closing cost that is often prorated between the buyer and seller. If the seller has already paid the annual property taxes, the buyer typically reimburses the seller for the period in which the buyer will be occupying the property. Likewise, if the taxes have not yet been paid, the seller typically reimburses the buyer for the period in which the buyer occupied the property.

  • Transfer Taxes and Recording Fees
    This is the cost for transferring ownership of the property and recording the purchase documents. The fee is often calculated as a percentage of the sales price.


Click here to view a table to calculate your tax benefits

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Analou Manent
Real Estate Agent in Miami - Sunny International Realty

754-245-7501

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