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File my state taxes for free Publication 530 - Main Content Table of Contents What You Can and Cannot DeductHardest Hit Fund and Emergency Homeowners' Loan Programs Real Estate Taxes Sales Taxes Home Mortgage Interest Mortgage Insurance Premiums Mortgage Interest CreditFiguring the Credit BasisFiguring Your Basis Adjusted Basis Keeping Records How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics What You Can and Cannot Deduct To deduct expenses of owning a home, you must file Form 1040, U. File my state taxes for free S. File my state taxes for free Individual Income Tax Return, and itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). File my state taxes for free If you itemize, you cannot take the standard deduction. File my state taxes for free This section explains what expenses you can deduct as a homeowner. File my state taxes for free It also points out expenses that you cannot deduct. 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File my state taxes for free   Delinquent taxes are unpaid taxes that were imposed on the seller for an earlier tax year. File my state taxes for free If you agree to pay delinquent taxes when you buy your home, you cannot deduct them. File my state taxes for free You treat them as part of the cost of your home. File my state taxes for free See Real estate taxes , later, under Basis. File my state taxes for free Escrow accounts. File my state taxes for free   Many monthly house payments include an amount placed in escrow (put in the care of a third party) for real estate taxes. File my state taxes for free You may not be able to deduct the total you pay into the escrow account. File my state taxes for free You can deduct only the real estate taxes that the lender actually paid from escrow to the taxing authority. File my state taxes for free Your real estate tax bill will show this amount. File my state taxes for free Refund or rebate of real estate taxes. 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File my state taxes for free If either of these situations applies to you, see Publication 936 for more information. File my state taxes for free Also see Publication 936 if you later refinance your mortgage or buy a second home. File my state taxes for free Refund of home mortgage interest. File my state taxes for free   If you receive a refund of home mortgage interest that you deducted in an earlier year and that reduced your tax, you generally must include the refund in income in the year you receive it. File my state taxes for free For more information, see Recoveries in Publication 525. File my state taxes for free The amount of the refund will usually be shown on the mortgage interest statement you receive from your mortgage lender. File my state taxes for free See Mortgage Interest Statement , later. File my state taxes for free Deductible Mortgage Interest To be deductible, the interest you pay must be on a loan secured by your main home or a second home. 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File my state taxes for free   You can deduct the full amount of points in the year paid if you meet all the following tests. File my state taxes for free Your loan is secured by your main home. File my state taxes for free (Generally, your main home is the one you live in most of the time. File my state taxes for free ) Paying points is an established business practice in the area where the loan was made. File my state taxes for free The points paid were not more than the points generally charged in that area. File my state taxes for free You use the cash method of accounting. File my state taxes for free This means you report income in the year you receive it and deduct expenses in the year you pay them. File my state taxes for free Most individuals use this method. File my state taxes for free The points were not paid in place of amounts that ordinarily are stated separately on the settlement statement, such as appraisal fees, inspection fees, title fees, attorney fees, and property taxes. File my state taxes for free The funds you provided at or before closing, plus any points the seller paid, were at least as much as the points charged. File my state taxes for free The funds you provided are not required to have been applied to the points. File my state taxes for free They can include a down payment, an escrow deposit, earnest money, and other funds you paid at or before closing for any purpose. File my state taxes for free You cannot have borrowed these funds. File my state taxes for free You use your loan to buy or build your main home. File my state taxes for free The points were computed as a percentage of the principal amount of the mortgage. 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File my state taxes for free   You can also fully deduct in the year paid points paid on a loan to improve your main home, if you meet the first six tests listed earlier. File my state taxes for free Refinanced loan. File my state taxes for free   If you use part of the refinanced mortgage proceeds to improve your main home and you meet the first six tests listed earlier, you can fully deduct the part of the points related to the improvement in the year you paid them with your own funds. File my state taxes for free You can deduct the rest of the points over the life of the loan. File my state taxes for free Points not fully deductible in year paid. File my state taxes for free    If you do not qualify under the exception to deduct the full amount of points in the year paid (or choose not to do so), see Points in Publication 936 for the rules on when and how much you can deduct. File my state taxes for free Figure A. File my state taxes for free   You can use Figure A, next, as a quick guide to see whether your points are fully deductible in the year paid. File my state taxes for free    Please click here for the text description of the image. File my state taxes for free Figure A. File my state taxes for free Are my points fully deductible this year? Amounts charged for services. File my state taxes for free   Amounts charged by the lender for specific services connected to the loan are not interest. File my state taxes for free Examples of these charges are: Appraisal fees, Notary fees, and Preparation costs for the mortgage note or deed of trust. File my state taxes for free You cannot deduct these amounts as points either in the year paid or over the life of the mortgage. File my state taxes for free For information about the tax treatment of these amounts and other settlement fees and closing costs, see Basis , later. File my state taxes for free Points paid by the seller. File my state taxes for free   The term “points” includes loan placement fees that the seller pays to the lender to arrange financing for the buyer. File my state taxes for free Treatment by seller. File my state taxes for free   The seller cannot deduct these fees as interest. File my state taxes for free However, they are a selling expense that reduces the seller's amount realized. File my state taxes for free See Publication 523 for more information. File my state taxes for free Treatment by buyer. File my state taxes for free   The buyer treats seller-paid points as if he or she had paid them. File my state taxes for free If all the tests listed earlier under Exception are met, the buyer can deduct the points in the year paid. File my state taxes for free If any of those tests are not met, the buyer must deduct the points over the life of the loan. File my state taxes for free   The buyer must also reduce the basis of the home by the amount of the seller-paid points. 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File my state taxes for free If you paid home mortgage interest to the person from whom you bought your home, show that person's name, address, and social security number (SSN) or employer identification number (EIN) on the dotted lines next to line 11. File my state taxes for free The seller must give you this number and you must give the seller your SSN. File my state taxes for free Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification, can be used for this purpose. File my state taxes for free Failure to meet either of these requirements may result in a $50 penalty for each failure. File my state taxes for free Table 1. File my state taxes for free Where To Deduct Interest and Taxes Paid on Your Home See the text for information on what expenses are eligible. File my state taxes for free IF you are eligible to deduct . File my state taxes for free . File my state taxes for free . File my state taxes for free THEN report the amount  on Schedule A (Form 1040) . File my state taxes for free . File my state taxes for free . File my state taxes for free real estate taxes line 6. File my state taxes for free home mortgage interest and points reported on Form 1098 line 10. File my state taxes for free home mortgage interest not reported on  Form 1098 line 11. File my state taxes for free points not reported on Form 1098 line 12. File my state taxes for free qualified mortgage insurance premiums line 13. File my state taxes for free Mortgage Interest Statement If you paid $600 or more of mortgage interest (including certain points and mortgage insurance premiums) during the year on any one mortgage to a mortgage holder in the course of that holder's trade or business, you should receive a Form 1098 or similar statement from the mortgage holder. File my state taxes for free The statement will show the total interest paid on your mortgage during the year. File my state taxes for free If you bought a main home during the year, it also will show the deductible points you paid and any points you can deduct that were paid by the person who sold you your home. File my state taxes for free See Points , earlier. File my state taxes for free The interest you paid at settlement should be included on the statement. File my state taxes for free If it is not, add the interest from the settlement sheet that qualifies as home mortgage interest to the total shown on Form 1098 or similar statement. File my state taxes for free Put the total on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 10, and attach a statement to your return explaining the difference. File my state taxes for free Write “See attached” to the right of line 10. File my state taxes for free A mortgage holder can be a financial institution, a governmental unit, or a cooperative housing corporation. File my state taxes for free If a statement comes from a cooperative housing corporation, it generally will show your share of interest. File my state taxes for free Your mortgage interest statement for 2013 should be provided or sent to you by January 31, 2014. File my state taxes for free If it is mailed, you should allow adequate time to receive it before contacting the mortgage holder. File my state taxes for free A copy of this form will be sent to the IRS also. File my state taxes for free Example. File my state taxes for free You bought a new home on May 3. File my state taxes for free You paid no points on the purchase. File my state taxes for free During the year, you made mortgage payments which included $4,480 deductible interest on your new home. File my state taxes for free The settlement sheet for the purchase of the home included interest of $620 for 29 days in May. File my state taxes for free The mortgage statement you receive from the lender includes total interest of $5,100 ($4,480 + $620). File my state taxes for free You can deduct the $5,100 if you itemize your deductions. File my state taxes for free Refund of overpaid interest. File my state taxes for free   If you receive a refund of mortgage interest you overpaid in a prior year, you generally will receive a Form 1098 showing the refund in box 3. File my state taxes for free Generally, you must include the refund in income in the year you receive it. File my state taxes for free See Refund of home mortgage interest , earlier, under Home Mortgage Interest. File my state taxes for free More than one borrower. File my state taxes for free   If you and at least one other person (other than your spouse if you file a joint return) were liable for and paid interest on a mortgage that was for your home, and the other person received a Form 1098 showing the interest that was paid during the year, attach a statement to your return explaining this. File my state taxes for free Show how much of the interest each of you paid, and give the name and address of the person who received the form. File my state taxes for free Deduct your share of the interest on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 11, and write “See attached” to the right of that line. File my state taxes for free Mortgage Insurance Premiums You may be able to take an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 13, for premiums you pay or accrue during 2013 for qualified mortgage insurance in connection with home acquisition debt on your qualified home. File my state taxes for free Mortgage insurance premiums you paid or accrued on any mortgage insurance contract issued before January 1, 2007, are not deductible as an itemized deduction. File my state taxes for free Qualified Mortgage Insurance Qualified mortgage insurance is mortgage insurance provided by the Veterans Administration, the Federal Housing Administration, or the Rural Housing Administration, and private mortgage insurance (as defined in section 2 of the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 as in effect on December 20, 2006). File my state taxes for free Prepaid mortgage insurance premiums. File my state taxes for free   If you paid premiums that are allocable to periods after 2013, you must allocate them over the shorter of: The stated term of the mortgage, or 84 months, beginning with the month the insurance was obtained. File my state taxes for free The premiums are treated as paid in the year to which they were allocated. File my state taxes for free If the mortgage is satisfied before its term, no deduction is allowed for the unamortized balance. File my state taxes for free See Publication 936 for details. File my state taxes for free Exception for certain mortgage insurance. File my state taxes for free   The allocation rules, explained above, do not apply to qualified mortgage insurance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs or Rural Housing Service. File my state taxes for free Home Acquisition Debt Home acquisition debt is a mortgage you took out after October 13, 1987, to buy, build, or substantially improve a qualified home. File my state taxes for free It also must be secured by that home. File my state taxes for free If the amount of your mortgage is more than the cost of the home plus the cost of any substantial improvements, only the debt that is not more than the cost of the home plus improvements qualifies as home acquisition debt. File my state taxes for free Home acquisition debt limit. File my state taxes for free   The total amount you can treat as home acquisition debt at any time on your home cannot be more than $1 million ($500,000 if married filing separately). File my state taxes for free Discharges of qualified principal residence indebtedness. File my state taxes for free   You can exclude from gross income any discharges of qualified principal residence indebtedness made after 2006 and before 2014. File my state taxes for free You must reduce the basis of your principal residence (but not below zero) by the amount you exclude. File my state taxes for free Principal residence. File my state taxes for free   Your principal residence is the home where you ordinarily live most of the time. File my state taxes for free You can have only one principal residence at any one time. File my state taxes for free Qualified principal residence indebtedness. File my state taxes for free   This is a mortgage that you took out to buy, build, or substantially improve your principal residence and that is secured by that residence. File my state taxes for free If the amount of your original mortgage is more than the cost of your principal residence plus the cost of substantial improvements, qualified principal residence indebtedness cannot be more than the cost of your principal residence plus improvements. File my state taxes for free   Any debt secured by your principal residence that you use to refinance qualified principal residence indebtedness is qualified principal residence indebtedness up to the amount of your old mortgage principal just before the refinancing. File my state taxes for free Additional debt incurred to substantially improve your principal residence is also qualified principal residence indebtedness. File my state taxes for free Amount you can exclude. File my state taxes for free   You can only exclude debt discharged after 2006 and before 2014. File my state taxes for free The most you can exclude is $2 million ($1 million if married filing separately). File my state taxes for free You cannot exclude any amount that was discharged because of services performed for the lender or on account of any other factor not directly related either to a decline in the value of your residence or to your financial condition. File my state taxes for free Ordering rule. File my state taxes for free   If only a part of a loan is qualified principal residence indebtedness, you can exclude only the amount of the discharge that is more than the amount of the loan (immediately before the discharge) that is not qualified principal residence indebtedness. File my state taxes for free Qualified Home This means your main home or your second home. File my state taxes for free A home includes a house, condominium, cooperative, mobile home, house trailer, boat, or similar property that has sleeping, cooking, and toilet facilities. File my state taxes for free Main home. File my state taxes for free   You can have only one main home at any one time. File my state taxes for free This is the home where you ordinarily live most of the time. File my state taxes for free Second home and other special situations. File my state taxes for free   If you have a second home, use part of your home for other than residential living (such as a home office), rent out part of your home, or are having your home constructed, see Qualified Home in Publication 936. File my state taxes for free Limit on Deduction If your adjusted gross income (AGI) on Form 1040, line 38, is more than $100,000 ($50,000 if your filing status is married filing separately), the amount of your mortgage insurance premiums that are deductible is reduced and may be eliminated. File my state taxes for free See Line 13 in the instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040) and complete the Mortgage Insurance Premiums Deduction Worksheet to figure the amount you can deduct. File my state taxes for free If your AGI is more than $109,000 ($54,500 if married filing separately), you cannot deduct your mortgage insurance premiums. File my state taxes for free Form 1098. File my state taxes for free   The amount of mortgage insurance premiums you paid during 2013 should be reported in box 4. File my state taxes for free See Form 1098, Mortgage Interest Statement in Publication 936. File my state taxes for free Mortgage Interest Credit The mortgage interest credit is intended to help lower-income individuals afford home ownership. File my state taxes for free If you qualify, you can claim the credit on Form 8396 each year for part of the home mortgage interest you pay. File my state taxes for free Who qualifies. File my state taxes for free   You may be eligible for the credit if you were issued a qualified Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) from your state or local government. File my state taxes for free Generally, an MCC is issued only in connection with a new mortgage for the purchase of your main home. File my state taxes for free The MCC will show the certificate credit rate you will use to figure your credit. File my state taxes for free It also will show the certified indebtedness amount. File my state taxes for free Only the interest on that amount qualifies for the credit. File my state taxes for free See Figuring the Credit , later. File my state taxes for free You must contact the appropriate government agency about getting an MCC before you get a mortgage and buy your home. File my state taxes for free Contact your state or local housing finance agency for information about the availability of MCCs in your area. File my state taxes for free How to claim the credit. File my state taxes for free   To claim the credit, complete Form 8396 and attach it to your Form 1040 or Form 1040NR, U. File my state taxes for free S. File my state taxes for free Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return. File my state taxes for free Include the credit in your total for Form 1040, line 53, or Form 1040NR, line 50; be sure to check box c and write “Form 8396” on that line. File my state taxes for free Reducing your home mortgage interest deduction. File my state taxes for free   If you itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), you must reduce your home mortgage interest deduction by the amount of the mortgage interest credit shown on Form 8396, line 3. File my state taxes for free You must do this even if part of that amount is to be carried forward to 2014. File my state taxes for free Selling your home. File my state taxes for free   If you purchase a home after 1990 using an MCC, and you sell that home within 9 years, you may have to recapture (repay) all or part of the benefit you received from the MCC program. File my state taxes for free For additional information, see Recapturing (Paying Back) a Federal Mortgage Subsidy, in Publication 523. File my state taxes for free Figuring the Credit Figure your credit on Form 8396. File my state taxes for free Mortgage not more than certified indebtedness. File my state taxes for free   If your mortgage loan amount is equal to (or smaller than) the certified indebtedness amount shown on your MCC, enter on Form 8396, line 1, all the interest you paid on your mortgage during the year. File my state taxes for free Mortgage more than certified indebtedness. File my state taxes for free   If your mortgage loan amount is larger than the certified indebtedness amount shown on your MCC, you can figure the credit on only part of the interest you paid. File my state taxes for free To find the amount to enter on line 1, multiply the total interest you paid during the year on your mortgage by the following fraction. File my state taxes for free Certified indebtedness amount on your MCC Original amount of your mortgage   The fraction will not change as long as you are entitled to take the mortgage interest credit. File my state taxes for free Example. File my state taxes for free Emily bought a home this year. File my state taxes for free Her mortgage loan is $125,000. File my state taxes for free The certified indebtedness amount on her MCC is $100,000. File my state taxes for free She paid $7,500 interest this year. File my state taxes for free Emily figures the interest to enter on Form 8396, line 1, as follows:   $100,000 = 80% (. File my state taxes for free 80)       $125,000       $7,500 x . File my state taxes for free 80 = $6,000   Emily enters $6,000 on Form 8396, line 1. File my state taxes for free In each later year, she will figure her credit using only 80% of the interest she pays for that year. File my state taxes for free Limits Two limits may apply to your credit. File my state taxes for free A limit based on the credit rate, and A limit based on your tax. File my state taxes for free Limit based on credit rate. File my state taxes for free   If the certificate credit rate is higher than 20%, the credit you are allowed cannot be more than $2,000. File my state taxes for free Limit based on tax. File my state taxes for free   After applying the limit based on the credit rate, your credit generally cannot be more than your tax liability. File my state taxes for free See the Credit Limit Worksheet in the Form 8396 instructions to calculate the limit based on tax. File my state taxes for free Dividing the Credit If two or more persons (other than a married couple filing a joint return) hold an interest in the home to which the MCC relates, the credit must be divided based on the interest held by each person. File my state taxes for free Example. File my state taxes for free John and his brother, George, were issued an MCC. File my state taxes for free They used it to get a mortgage on their main home. File my state taxes for free John has a 60% ownership interest in the home, and George has a 40% ownership interest in the home. File my state taxes for free John paid $5,400 mortgage interest this year and George paid $3,600. File my state taxes for free The MCC shows a credit rate of 25% and a certified indebtedness amount of $130,000. File my state taxes for free The loan amount (mortgage) on their home is $120,000. File my state taxes for free The credit is limited to $2,000 because the credit rate is more than 20%. File my state taxes for free John figures the credit by multiplying the mortgage interest he paid this year ($5,400) by the certificate credit rate (25%) for a total of $1,350. File my state taxes for free His credit is limited to $1,200 ($2,000 × 60%). File my state taxes for free George figures the credit by multiplying the mortgage interest he paid this year ($3,600) by the certificate credit rate (25%) for a total of $900. File my state taxes for free His credit is limited to $800 ($2,000 × 40%). File my state taxes for free Carryforward If your allowable credit is reduced because of the limit based on your tax, you can carry forward the unused portion of the credit to the next 3 years or until used, whichever comes first. File my state taxes for free Example. File my state taxes for free You receive a mortgage credit certificate from State X. File my state taxes for free This year, your regular tax liability is $1,100, you owe no alternative minimum tax, and your mortgage interest credit is $1,700. File my state taxes for free You claim no other credits. File my state taxes for free Your unused mortgage interest credit for this year is $600 ($1,700 − $1,100). File my state taxes for free You can carry forward this amount to the next 3 years or until used, whichever comes first. File my state taxes for free Credit rate more than 20%. File my state taxes for free   If you are subject to the $2,000 limit because your certificate credit rate is more than 20%, you cannot carry forward any amount more than $2,000 (or your share of the $2,000 if you must divide the credit). File my state taxes for free Example. File my state taxes for free In the earlier example under Dividing the Credit , John and George used the entire $2,000 credit. File my state taxes for free The excess   John $1,350 − $1,200 = $150     George $900 − $800 = $100   $150 for John ($1,350 − $1,200) and $100 for George ($900 − $800) cannot be carried forward to future years, despite the respective tax liabilities for John and George. File my state taxes for free Refinancing If you refinance your original mortgage loan on which you had been given an MCC, you must get a new MCC to be able to claim the credit on the new loan. File my state taxes for free The amount of credit you can claim on the new loan may change. File my state taxes for free Table 2 below summarizes how to figure your credit if you refinance your original mortgage loan. File my state taxes for free Table 2. File my state taxes for free Effect of Refinancing on Your Credit IF you get a new (reissued) MCC and the amount of your new mortgage is . File my state taxes for free . File my state taxes for free . File my state taxes for free THEN the interest you claim on Form 8396, line 1, is* . File my state taxes for free . File my state taxes for free . File my state taxes for free smaller than or equal to the certified indebtedness amount on the new MCC all the interest paid during the year on your new mortgage. File my state taxes for free larger than the certified indebtedness amount on the new MCC interest paid during the year on your new mortgage multiplied by the following fraction. File my state taxes for free         certified indebtedness  amount on your new MCC       original amount of your  mortgage   *The credit using the new MCC cannot be more than the credit using the old MCC. File my state taxes for free  See New MCC cannot increase your credit above. File my state taxes for free An issuer may reissue an MCC after you refinance your mortgage. File my state taxes for free If you did not get a new MCC, you may want to contact the state or local housing finance agency that issued your original MCC for information about whether you can get a reissued MCC. File my state taxes for free Year of refinancing. File my state taxes for free   In the year of refinancing, add the applicable amount of interest paid on the old mortgage and the applicable amount of interest paid on the new mortgage, and enter the total on Form 8396, line 1. File my state taxes for free   If your new MCC has a credit rate different from the rate on the old MCC, you must attach a statement to Form 8396. File my state taxes for free The statement must show the calculation for lines 1, 2, and 3 for the part of the year when the old MCC was in effect. File my state taxes for free It must show a separate calculation for the part of the year when the new MCC was in effect. File my state taxes for free Combine the amounts from both calculations for line 3, enter the total on line 3 of the form, and write “See attached” on the dotted line next to line 2. File my state taxes for free New MCC cannot increase your credit. File my state taxes for free   The credit that you claim with your new MCC cannot be more than the credit that you could have claimed with your old MCC. File my state taxes for free   In most cases, the agency that issues your new MCC will make sure that it does not increase your credit. File my state taxes for free However, if either your old loan or your new loan has a variable (adjustable) interest rate, you will need to check this yourself. File my state taxes for free In that case, you will need to know the amount of the credit you could have claimed using the old MCC. File my state taxes for free   There are two methods for figuring the credit you could have claimed. File my state taxes for free Under one method, you figure the actual credit that would have been allowed. File my state taxes for free This means you use the credit rate on the old MCC and the interest you would have paid on the old loan. File my state taxes for free   If your old loan was a variable rate mortgage, you can use another method to determine the credit that you could have claimed. File my state taxes for free Under this method, you figure the credit using a payment schedule of a hypothetical self-amortizing mortgage with level payments projected to the final maturity date of the old mortgage. File my state taxes for free The interest rate of the hypothetical mortgage is the annual percentage rate (APR) of the new mortgage for purposes of the Federal Truth in Lending Act. File my state taxes for free The principal of the hypothetical mortgage is the remaining outstanding balance of the certified mortgage indebtedness shown on the old MCC. File my state taxes for free    You must choose one method and use it consistently beginning with the first tax year for which you claim the credit based on the new MCC. File my state taxes for free    As part of your tax records, you should keep your old MCC and the schedule of payments for your old mortgage. File my state taxes for free Basis Basis is your starting point for figuring a gain or loss if you later sell your home, or for figuring depreciation if you later use part of your home for business purposes or for rent. File my state taxes for free While you own your home, you may add certain items to your basis. File my state taxes for free You may subtract certain other items from your basis. File my state taxes for free These items are called adjustments to basis and are explained later under Adjusted Basis . File my state taxes for free It is important that you understand these terms when you first acquire your home because you must keep track of your basis and adjusted basis during the period you own your home. File my state taxes for free You also must keep records of the events that affect basis or adjusted basis. File my state taxes for free See Keeping Records , below. File my state taxes for free Figuring Your Basis How you figure your basis depends on how you acquire your home. File my state taxes for free If you buy or build your home, your cost is your basis. File my state taxes for free If you receive your home as a gift, your basis is usually the same as the adjusted basis of the person who gave you the property. File my state taxes for free If you inherit your home from a decedent, different rules apply depending on the date of the decedent's death. File my state taxes for free Each of these topics is discussed later. File my state taxes for free Property transferred from a spouse. File my state taxes for free   If your home is transferred to you from your spouse, or from your former spouse as a result of a divorce, your basis is the same as your spouse's (or former spouse's) adjusted basis just before the transfer. File my state taxes for free Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals, fully discusses transfers between spouses. File my state taxes for free Cost as Basis The cost of your home, whether you purchased it or constructed it, is the amount you paid for it, including any debt you assumed. File my state taxes for free The cost of your home includes most settlement or closing costs you paid when you bought the home. File my state taxes for free If you built your home, your cost includes most closing costs paid when you bought the land or settled on your mortgage. File my state taxes for free See Settlement or closing costs , later. File my state taxes for free If you elect to deduct the sales taxes on the purchase or construction of your home as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), you cannot include the sales taxes as part of your cost basis in the home. File my state taxes for free Purchase. File my state taxes for free   The basis of a home you bought is the amount you paid for it. File my state taxes for free This usually includes your down payment and any debt you assumed. File my state taxes for free The basis of a cooperative apartment is the amount you paid for your shares in the corporation that owns or controls the property. File my state taxes for free This amount includes any purchase commissions or other costs of acquiring the shares. File my state taxes for free Construction. File my state taxes for free   If you contracted to have your home built on land that you own, your basis in the home is your basis in the land plus the amount you paid to have the home built. File my state taxes for free This includes the cost of labor and materials, the amount you paid the contractor, any architect's fees, building permit charges, utility meter and connection charges, and legal fees that are directly connected with building your home. File my state taxes for free If you built all or part of your home yourself, your basis is the total amount it cost you to build it. File my state taxes for free You cannot include in basis the value of your own labor or any other labor for which you did not pay. File my state taxes for free Real estate taxes. File my state taxes for free   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. File my state taxes for free See the earlier discussion of Real estate taxes paid at settlement or closing , under Real Estate Taxes, earlier, to figure the real estate taxes you paid or are considered to have paid. File my state taxes for free   If you pay any part of the seller's share of the real estate taxes (the taxes up to the date of sale), and the seller did not reimburse you, add those taxes to your basis in the home. File my state taxes for free You cannot deduct them as taxes paid. File my state taxes for free   If the seller paid any of your share of the real estate taxes (the taxes beginning with the date of sale), you can still deduct those taxes. File my state taxes for free Do not include those taxes in your basis. File my state taxes for free If you did not reimburse the seller, you must reduce your basis by the amount of those taxes. File my state taxes for free Example 1. File my state taxes for free You bought your home on September 1. File my state taxes for free The property tax year in your area is the calendar year, and the tax is due on August 15. File my state taxes for free The real estate taxes on the home you bought were $1,275 for the year and had been paid by the seller on August 15. File my state taxes for free You did not reimburse the seller for your share of the real estate taxes from September 1 through December 31. File my state taxes for free You must reduce the basis of your home by the $426 [(122 ÷ 365) × $1,275] the seller paid for you. File my state taxes for free You can deduct your $426 share of real estate taxes on your return for the year you purchased your home. File my state taxes for free Example 2. File my state taxes for free You bought your home on May 3, 2013. File my state taxes for free The property tax year in your area is the calendar year. File my state taxes for free The taxes for the previous year are assessed on January 2 and are due on May 31 and November 30. File my state taxes for free Under state law, the taxes become a lien on May 31. File my state taxes for free You agreed to pay all taxes due after the date of sale. File my state taxes for free The taxes due in 2013 for 2012 were $1,375. File my state taxes for free The taxes due in 2014 for 2013 will be $1,425. File my state taxes for free You cannot deduct any of the taxes paid in 2013 because they relate to the 2012 property tax year and you did not own the home until 2013. File my state taxes for free Instead, you add the $1,375 to the cost (basis) of your home. File my state taxes for free You owned the home in 2013 for 243 days (May 3 to December 31), so you can take a tax deduction on your 2014 return of $949 [(243 ÷ 365) × $1,425] paid in 2014 for 2013. File my state taxes for free You add the remaining $476 ($1,425 − $949) of taxes paid in 2014 to the cost (basis) of your home. File my state taxes for free Settlement or closing costs. File my state taxes for free   If you bought your home, you probably paid settlement or closing costs in addition to the contract price. File my state taxes for free These costs are divided between you and the seller according to the sales contract, local custom, or understanding of the parties. File my state taxes for free If you built your home, you probably paid these costs when you bought the land or settled on your mortgage. File my state taxes for free   The only settlement or closing costs you can deduct are home mortgage interest and certain real estate taxes. File my state taxes for free You deduct them in the year you buy your home if you itemize your deductions. File my state taxes for free You can add certain other settlement or closing costs to the basis of your home. File my state taxes for free Items added to basis. File my state taxes for free   You can include in your basis the settlement fees and closing costs you paid for buying your home. File my state taxes for free A fee is for buying the home if you would have had to pay it even if you paid cash for the home. File my state taxes for free   The following are some of the settlement fees and closing costs that you can include in the original basis of your home. File my state taxes for free Abstract fees (abstract of title fees). File my state taxes for free Charges for installing utility services. File my state taxes for free Legal fees (including fees for the title search and preparation of the sales contract and deed). File my state taxes for free Recording fees. File my state taxes for free Surveys. File my state taxes for free Transfer or stamp taxes. File my state taxes for free Owner's title insurance. File my state taxes for free Any amount the seller owes that you agree to pay, such as back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, cost for improvements or repairs, and sales commissions. File my state taxes for free   If the seller actually paid for any item for which you are liable and for which you can take a deduction (such as your share of the real estate taxes for the year of sale), you must reduce your basis by that amount unless you are charged for it in the settlement. File my state taxes for free Items not added to basis and not deductible. File my state taxes for free   Here are some settlement and closing costs that you cannot deduct or add to your basis. File my state taxes for free Fire insurance premiums. File my state taxes for free Charges for using utilities or other services related to occupancy of the home before closing. File my state taxes for free Rent for occupying the home before closing. File my state taxes for free Charges connected with getting or refinancing a mortgage loan, such as: Loan assumption fees, Cost of a credit report, and Fee for an appraisal required by a lender. File my state taxes for free Points paid by seller. File my state taxes for free   If you bought your home after April 3, 1994, you must reduce your basis by any points paid for your mortgage by the person who sold you your home. File my state taxes for free   If you bought your home after 1990 but before April 4, 1994, you must reduce your basis by seller-paid points only if you deducted them. File my state taxes for free See Points , earlier, for the rules on deducting points. File my state taxes for free Gift To figure the basis of property you receive as a gift, you must know its adjusted basis (defined later) to the donor just before it was given to you, its fair market value (FMV) at the time it was given to you, and any gift tax paid on it. File my state taxes for free Fair market value. File my state taxes for free   Fair market value (FMV) is the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or sell and who both have a reasonable knowledge of all the necessary facts. File my state taxes for free Donor's adjusted basis is more than FMV. File my state taxes for free   If someone gave you your home and the donor's adjusted basis, when it was given to you, was more than the FMV, your basis at the time of receipt is the same as the donor's adjusted basis. File my state taxes for free Disposition basis. File my state taxes for free   If the donor's adjusted basis at the time of the gift is more than the FMV, your basis (plus or minus any required adjustments, see Adjusted Basis , later) when you dispose of the property will depend on whether you have a gain or a loss. File my state taxes for free Your basis for figuring a gain is the same as the donor's adjusted basis. File my state taxes for free Your basis for figuring a loss is the FMV when you received the gift. File my state taxes for free If you use the donor's adjusted basis to figure a gain and it results in a loss, then you must use the FMV (at the time of the gift) to refigure the loss. File my state taxes for free However, if using the FMV results in a gain, then you neither have a gain nor a loss. File my state taxes for free Example 1. File my state taxes for free Andrew received a house as a gift from Ishmael (the donor). File my state taxes for free At the time of the gift, the home had an FMV of $80,000. File my state taxes for free Ishmael's adjusted basis was $100,000. File my state taxes for free After he received the house, no events occurred to increase or decrease the basis. File my state taxes for free If Andrew sells the house for $120,000, he will have a $20,000 gain because he must use the donor's adjusted basis ($100,000) at the time of the gift as his basis to figure the gain. File my state taxes for free Example 2. File my state taxes for free Same facts as Example 1 , except this time Andrew sells the house for $70,000. File my state taxes for free He will have a loss of $10,000 because he must use the FMV ($80,000) at the time of the gift as his basis to figure the loss. File my state taxes for free Example 3. File my state taxes for free Same facts as Example 1 , except this time Andrew sells the house for $90,000. File my state taxes for free Initially, he figures the gain using Ishmael's adjusted basis ($100,000), which results in a loss of $10,000. File my state taxes for free Since it is a loss, Andrew must now recalculate the loss using the FMV ($80,000), which results in a gain of $10,000. File my state taxes for free So in this situation, Andrew will neither have a gain nor a loss. File my state taxes for free Donor's adjusted basis equal to or less than the FMV. File my state taxes for free   If someone gave you your home after 1976 and the donor's adjusted basis, when it was given to you, was equal to or less than the FMV, your basis at the time of receipt is the same as the donor's adjusted basis, plus the part of any federal gift tax paid that is due to the net increase in value of the home. File my state taxes for free Part of federal gift tax due to net increase in value. File my state taxes for free   Figure the part of the federal gift tax paid that is due to the net increase in value of the home by multiplying the total federal gift tax paid by a fraction. File my state taxes for free The numerator (top part) of the fraction is the net increase in the value of the home, and the denominator (bottom part) is the value of the home for gift tax purposes after reduction for any annual exclusion and marital or charitable deduction that applies to the gift. 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File my state taxes for free Publication 551 and Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators, have more information on the basis of inherited property. File my state taxes for free If you inherited your home from someone who died in 2010, and the executor of the decedent's estate made the election to file Form 8939, Allocation of Increase in Basis for Property Acquired From a Decedent, refer to the information provided by the executor or see Publication 4895, Tax Treatment of Property Acquired From a Decedent Dying in 2010. File my state taxes for free Adjusted Basis While you own your home, various events may take place that can change the original basis of your home. File my state taxes for free These events can increase or decrease your original basis. File my state taxes for free The result is called adjusted basis. File my state taxes for free See Table 3, on this page, for a list of some of the items that can adjust your basis. File my state taxes for free Table 3. 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File my state taxes for free Also see Keeping Records , below. File my state taxes for free Energy conservation subsidy. File my state taxes for free   If a public utility gives you (directly or indirectly) a subsidy for the purchase or installation of an energy conservation measure for your home, do not include the value of that subsidy in your income. File my state taxes for free You must reduce the basis of your home by that value. File my state taxes for free   An energy conservation measure is an installation or modification primarily designed to reduce consumption of electricity or natural gas or to improve the management of energy demand. File my state taxes for free Keeping Records Keeping full and accurate records is vital to properly report your income and expenses, to support your deductions and credits, and to know the basis or adjusted basis of your home. 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File my state taxes for free   Keep records that support an item of income, a deduction, or a credit appearing on a return until the period of limitations for the return runs out. File my state taxes for free (A period of limitations is the period of time after which no legal action can be brought. File my state taxes for free ) For assessment of tax you owe, this is generally 3 years from the date you filed the return. File my state taxes for free For filing a claim for credit or refund, this is generally 3 years from the date you filed the original return, or 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. File my state taxes for free Returns filed before the due date are treated as filed on the due date. File my state taxes for free   You may need to keep records relating to the basis of property (discussed earlier) for longer than the period of limitations. File my state taxes for free Keep those records as long as they are important in figuring the basis of the original or replacement property. File my state taxes for free Generally, this means for as long as you own the property and, after you dispose of it, for the period of limitations that applies to you. File my state taxes for free Table 4. File my state taxes for free Record of Home Improvements Keep this for your records. File my state taxes for free Also, keep receipts or other proof of improvements. File my state taxes for free Remove from this record any improvements that are no longer part of your main home. File my state taxes for free For example, if you put wall-to-wall carpeting in your home and later replace it with new wall-to-wall carpeting, remove the cost of the first carpeting. File my state taxes for free (a) Type of Improvement (b) Date (c) Amount   (a) Type of Improvement (b) Date (c) Amount Additions:       Heating & Air  Conditioning:     Bedroom       Heating system     Bathroom       Central air conditioning     Deck       Furnace     Garage       Duct work     Porch       Central humidifier     Patio       Filtration system     Storage shed       Other     Fireplace       Electrical:     Other           Lawn & Grounds:       Lighting fixtures           Wiring upgrades     Landscaping       Other     Driveway       Plumbing:     Walkway           Fences       Water heater     Retaining wall       Soft water system     Sprinkler system       Filtration system     Swimming pool       Other     Exterior lighting       Insulation:     Other           Communications:       Attic           Walls     Satellite dish       Floors     Intercom       Pipes and duct work     Security system       Other     Other             Miscellaneous:       Interior  Improvements:     Storm windows and doors       Built-in appliances     Roof       Kitchen modernization     Central vacuum       Bathroom modernization     Other       Flooring             Wall-to-wall carpeting             Other     How To
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File my state taxes for free Reporting distributions, How and When To Report Successor, Successor beneficiary. File my state taxes for free Treatment of distributions, Distributions to Beneficiaries Unused loss carryovers, Unused loss carryovers. File my state taxes for free Bequest Defined, Bequest Property received, Gifts, Insurance, and Inheritances C Claim, credit or refund, Claim for Credit or Refund Combat zone, Combat Zone Comments, Comments and suggestions. File my state taxes for free Coverdell education savings account (ESA), Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA), Coverdell education savings account (ESA). File my state taxes for free Credit Child tax, Child tax credit. File my state taxes for free Earned income, Earned income credit. File my state taxes for free Elderly or disabled, Credit for the elderly or the disabled. File my state taxes for free Final return for decedent, Credits General business, General business tax credit. File my state taxes for free D Death benefits Accelerated, Accelerated Death Benefits, Accelerated death benefits. File my state taxes for free Public safety officers, Death benefits. File my state taxes for free Decedent Final return, Final Income Tax Return for Decedent—Form 1040 Income in respect of, Income in Respect of a Decedent Deductions Estate tax, Estate Tax Deduction In respect of decedent, Deductions in Respect of a Decedent Medical expenses, Medical Expenses Standard, Standard Deduction Distributable net income, Distributable net income. File my state taxes for free Distributions Deduction, Income Distribution Deduction Limit on deduction, Tax-exempt income not deductible. File my state taxes for free Not treated as bequests, Distributions not treated as bequests. File my state taxes for free Property, in kind, Property distributed in kind. File my state taxes for free E Education savings account, Coverdell, Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA), Coverdell education savings account (ESA). File my state taxes for free Estate Income tax return, Income Tax Return of an Estate— Form 1041 Insolvent, Insolvent estate. File my state taxes for free Period of administration, Period of Administration Tax deduction, Estate Tax Deduction Termination, Termination of Estate Transfer of unused deductions, Transfer of Unused Deductions to Beneficiaries Estate tax deduction, Estate Tax Deduction Estimated tax, Estimated tax. File my state taxes for free , Transfer of Credit for Estimated Tax Payments Example Comprehensive, Comprehensive Example Decedent's final return, Final Return for Decedent—Form 1040 Estate's tax return, Income Tax Return of an Estate—Form 1041 Exemption Estate's tax return, Exemption Deduction Final return for decedent, Exemptions Expenses Accrued, Accrued expenses. File my state taxes for free Administration, Administration Expenses Deductions in respect of decedent, Deductions in Respect of a Decedent Funeral, Funeral and Medical Expenses Medical, Medical Expenses, Medical and dental expenses of a decedent. File my state taxes for free Extension to file Form 1041, Extension of time to file. File my state taxes for free F Fiduciary relationship, Notice of fiduciary relationship. File my state taxes for free Filing requirements Decedent's final return, Filing Requirements Estate's tax return, Filing Requirements Final return for decedent Credits, Credits Exemption and deductions, Exemptions and Deductions Filing requirements, Filing Requirements Income to include, Income To Include Joint return, Joint Return Name, address, and signature, Name, Address, and Signature Other taxes, Other Taxes Payments, Payments of Tax When and where to file, When and Where To File Who must file, Final Income Tax Return for Decedent—Form 1040 Form 1040NR, Nonresident Alien, Filing Requirements 1041, Income Tax Return of an Estate— Form 1041 1042, Nonresident alien beneficiary. File my state taxes for free 1310, Form 1310, Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer. File my state taxes for free 4810, Form 4810. File my state taxes for free 56, Notice of fiduciary relationship. File my state taxes for free 6251, Form 6251. File my state taxes for free 706, Estate and Gift Taxes SS–4, Identification number. File my state taxes for free Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. File my state taxes for free Funeral expenses, Funeral expenses. File my state taxes for free G Gift, property, Gifts, Insurance, and Inheritances H Help (see Tax help) I Identification number, application, Identification number. File my state taxes for free Income Community, Community Income Distributable net income, Distributable net income. File my state taxes for free Distributed currently, Income That Must Be Distributed Currently Interest and dividend, Interest and Dividend Income (Forms 1099) Partnership, final return, Partnership Income S corporation, S Corporation Income Self-employment, Self-Employment Income Income in respect of decedent, Income in Respect of a Decedent, Inherited IRAs. File my state taxes for free Income tax return of an estate Credits, tax, and payments, Credits, Tax, and Payments Exemption and deductions, Exemption and Deductions Filing requirements, Filing Requirements Income to include, Income To Include Name, address, and signature, Name, Address, and Signature When and where to file, When and Where To File Inherited IRAs, Inherited IRAs. File my state taxes for free Inherited property, Gifts, Insurance, and Inheritances Installment obligations, Installment obligations. File my state taxes for free , Installment obligations. File my state taxes for free Insurance, Insurance J Joint return Revoked by personal representative, Personal representative may revoke joint return election. File my state taxes for free Who can file, Joint Return L Losses Deduction on final return, Deduction for Losses Estate's tax return, Losses M Military or terrorist actions Claim for credit or refund, Claim for Credit or Refund Defined, Military or terrorist action defined. File my state taxes for free Tax forgiveness, Tax Forgiveness for Armed Forces Members, Victims of Terrorism, and Astronauts N Notice of fiduciary relationship Form 56, Notice of fiduciary relationship. File my state taxes for free P Partnership income, Partnership Income, Partnership income. File my state taxes for free Penalty Information returns, Penalty. File my state taxes for free Substantial valuation misstatement, Valuation misstatements. File my state taxes for free Personal representative Defined, Personal Representative Duties, Duties Fees received, Fees Received by Personal Representatives Penalty, Penalty. File my state taxes for free , Penalty. 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File my state taxes for free Individuals, Alternative minimum tax (AMT). File my state taxes for free Benefits, survivors, Tax Benefits for Survivors Estimated, estate, Estimated tax. File my state taxes for free , Transfer of Credit for Estimated Tax Payments Payments, final return, Payments of Tax Refund of income (claim), Form 1310, Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer. File my state taxes for free Self-employment, Self-employment tax. File my state taxes for free Transfer of credit, Transfer of Credit for Estimated Tax Payments Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Terrorist action, tax relief, Tax Forgiveness for Armed Forces Members, Victims of Terrorism, and Astronauts Terrorist victim, Specified Terrorist Victim TTY/TDD information, How To Get Tax Help V Valuation method Inherited property, Basis of Inherited Property Special-use, Special-use valuation. 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