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Mortgage and Home Tax Deductions

Sat, 23 Feb 2013 20:36:17 +0000

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What federal tax deductions can you take for a mortgage and other home ownership expenses? With tax season at hand, it’s a good time to take a fresh look at the rules for the 2012 tax year (filing in 2013).

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Mortgage Deduction Safe for Most

Sat, 01 Dec 2012 17:39:36 +0000

Should you be worried that Congress will take away your mortgage interest deduction as part of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations now underway? For the great majority of homeowners, the answer is “no.”

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Appealing a Property Tax Assessment

Sat, 25 Feb 2012 04:12:22 +0000

One of the small comforts for homeowners whose property values have fallen in recent years is that their property taxes usually go down as well. But you may have to appeal your assessment to get the full benefit.

Your assessment, of course, is what your local unit of government – typically your county or municipality – calculates your home is worth for tax purposes. It’s similar to, but different from, an appraisal, which is an estimate of property value for purposes of obtaining or refinancing a mortgage.

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4 Tax Benefits of a Mortgage Refinance

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 19:31:23 +0000

Planning to refinance your mortgage in the upcoming year? Be sure to schedule some big savings when it comes time to do your 2011 taxes.

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Go Green, Save On Taxes

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 04:49:55 +0000

Help the environment and save money on your taxes and your monthly expenses with qualifying energy efficient home improvements.

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3 Tax Tips for Homeowners

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 05:34:42 +0000

All homeowners should be aware of these three tax tips well before the day that taxes are due.

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Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction Explained

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 21:51:07 +0000

With tax season coming up in just two months, learn exactly what the mortgage interest tax deduction is and why it benefits you.

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Can You Really Get a 125 Percent Refinance?

Fri, 16 Jul 2010 22:40:17 +0000

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For underwater homeowners, the 125 percent refinance offered through the government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) sounds like a great deal. But how hard is it to qualify for? 

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Vacation Home May Bring Tax Advantages

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 03:52:01 +0000

A vacation home can be a great investment from both a financial and recreational standpoint. And with tax day at hand, it’s a good time to consider some of the tax implications and benefits of owning a second home, if you’re thinking of taking the plunge in the next year or so.

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Major Tax Credits and Deductions for Homeowners

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 03:24:50 +0000

With tax time approaching, the big mortgage-related issue this year is the homebuyer tax credits. But there are also a lot of other mortgage- and real-estate tax matters to be aware of as well.

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Time Running Out on $8,000 Tax Credit

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 22:18:40 +0000

The $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers is a great deal for those looking to buy their first home. But time is running out on the program, which expires Nov. 30.

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Tax Amnesty: The State's the Thing

Sat, 13 Jun 2009 22:34:06 +0000

State governments are hoping to fill their coffers by offering perks to taxpayers who voluntarily pay up past-due taxes.

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Understanding the First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit

Thu, 28 May 2009 22:39:17 +0000

Considering a first home purchase this year? Your budget might be impacted by the first-time homebuyer tax credit.

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Put More Money in your Pocket by Adjusting Tax Withholding

Thu, 14 May 2009 22:20:10 +0000

There's a tax strategy that the IRS doesn't want you to know about, and all you have to do to benefit from it is fill out a simple form.

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Mortgage Interest Tax Break at Risk for High-Income Households

Sat, 18 Apr 2009 22:19:35 +0000

Changes are probably on the way for the mortgage interest tax deduction, as the Obama administration attempts to right the federal budget. 

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Reduce your Housing Costs: Appeal your Property Taxes

Wed, 08 Apr 2009 22:41:16 +0000

If your property's value has gone down, you may have a case for appealing your property taxes-even if your municipality is trying to raise them.

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Making the Economic Stimulus Package Work for You

Fri, 27 Mar 2009 23:13:29 +0000

What do homebuyers, working families, and upper income households have in common right now? All stand to benefit from the tax initiatives that are written into the 2009 economic stimulus program.

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Get your 2008 Taxes Right

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 23:06:33 +0000

Figuring your income taxes may be more complicated this year. Do you know which tax changes will apply to your returns?

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Your Taxes and the Economic Stimulus Plan

Wed, 18 Mar 2009 23:58:58 +0000

Your income tax bill for 2009 may have just gotten smaller, thanks to the passing of the new economic stimulus plan.

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Stimulus Bill Offers Tax Credits for Homebuyers

Sun, 08 Mar 2009 23:54:26 +0000

The House and Senate grappled over tax credits and tax rebates, but finally, the new economic stimulus plan will incorporate some form of tax relief for homebuyers.

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Protecting the Middle-Class from Dreaded AMT Tax

Sun, 01 Mar 2009 23:00:35 +0000

The AMT tax law debate has been raging for years. The latest flare up involves a proposal to incorporate a temporary fix into President Obama's economic stimulus plan.

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State Deficits Leading to Tax Hikes

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 23:40:54 +0000

Even if Barack Obama decides to shelve his tax increases, don't get too comfortable with your tax bill just yet. At the state level, lawmakers are struggling to overcome big deficits, and it looks like increased taxes may be the only solution.

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How Much will the Bailout Cost the American Taxpayer?

Sat, 17 Jan 2009 23:17:32 +0000

It started as a mortgage crisis and blossomed into a global economic recession. Now, the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury Department, FDIC, and FHA are putting all the cards on the table to fix it.

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Taxpayers and the Bailout: From Gratitude to Rage

Sun, 04 Jan 2009 23:17:46 +0000

Love it or hate it, the $700 billion bailout is here to stay. Tempers are flaring on both sides of the issue, as responsible homeowners feel slighted, and at-risk homeowners feel gratitude.

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Taxing Politics: Where the Candidates Stand

Fri, 03 Oct 2008 14:25:58 +0000

Tax policy changes with every new administration. Do you know how you'll be affected this time?

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Steps to Reduce Property Taxes

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 22:27:58 +0000

When the real estate market was red hot, property tax assessments were keeping right in step with home values. Now that the bubble has burst, it's logical to think that taxes should decrease, too. It may be logical, but it's not realistic. Your property taxes may stay the same, unless you do something about it.

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Take Credit for Tax Credits

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 22:51:29 +0000

Tax credits reduce your tax liability dollar-for-dollar; that's practically the same thing as money in your pocket.

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Tax Savvy: Swap Your Vacation Home

Sat, 26 Jul 2008 22:01:26 +0000

This just in: The IRS says that you can avoid a capital gains tax hit by swapping your vacation home instead of selling it. Just make sure that you follow the rules to qualify.

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For the Kids: Make Your Summer Earnings Grow

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 22:55:04 +0000

Working teens, how does getting rich the easy way sound?

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Reducing Property Taxes

Sat, 19 Jul 2008 22:16:00 +0000

Property tax assessments aren't an exact science. There may be factors that lead to an over-assessment on your home. Checking it out can save you money.

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Five Tips to Reduce Taxes Now

Fri, 18 Jul 2008 22:13:19 +0000

Summer fun should not include worrying about taxes. But while the paperwork due on April 15th is probably at the bottom of your to-do list this summer, there are things you can do to reduce your taxes right now.

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How to Hire a Tax Professional

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 22:55:41 +0000

Everyone outgrows the 1040EZ and tax preparation software sometime. When that moment arrives, you'll need to know what to look for in a tax professional.

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Be Tax Savvy When Selling Home

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 22:01:22 +0000

The IRS gives you the opportunity to sell your home and earn tax-free capital gains; but calculating your gain exclusion might be tricky.

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Understanding the Alternative Minimum Tax

Sat, 05 Jul 2008 22:57:32 +0000

As if figuring your taxes once wasn't complicated enough, the IRS makes you run another set of numbers with the alternative minimum tax (AMT).

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Americans Abroad: The Skinny on Paying Taxes

Fri, 04 Jul 2008 22:50:47 +0000

You may be living abroad, but you're still under Uncle Sam's thumb. Get the lowdown on what you should be paying in taxes.

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College Tax Breaks That Won't Break Your Back

Fri, 20 Jun 2008 22:35:27 +0000

Four education-related tax breaks take some of the bite out of those crushing college expenses.

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Tax Tips for the Self-Employed

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 22:38:11 +0000

Self-employment offers you the freedom to work when you want, and the potential to earn more money than in a salaried job. It also offers the burden of paying your own taxes.

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Stimulate The Economy With Your Stimulus Check

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 22:31:30 +0000

The American consumer is currently receiving a heaping windfall, courtesy of Uncle Sam. But the key to making the economic stimulus plan work will be to spend the checks on "Made in the USA" products.

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Say Goodbye To Low Taxes

Sat, 07 Jun 2008 23:13:18 +0000

A look back in time reminds us that today's tax rates are historically low. Could those percentages start creeping up in the future?

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Beware of Tax Rebate Scams

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 23:08:37 +0000

The stimulus checks are in the mail, and the scam artists are on the prowl. With the government's tax rebate checks now arriving at the homes of Americans, identity thieves are hitting consumers with a new scheme.

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Beat the Taxman With Tax-Free Income

Sat, 31 May 2008 23:24:32 +0000

Jump start your wealth-building efforts by increasing your tax-free income.

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Six Tax Definitions You Can't Live Without

Sat, 31 May 2008 23:36:18 +0000

Sharpen up your tax knowledge with a review of key tax terms.

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Not-To-Be-Missed Tax Deductions

Thu, 15 May 2008 23:42:20 +0000

Get organized now to lower your 2008 tax bill by reviewing some commonly overlooked tax deductions.

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Get Tax Ready for 2008

Thu, 08 May 2008 23:52:44 +0000

The taxman has come and gone, and no one is all that sad to see him leave. However painful his recent visit might have been, you'll want to start getting ready for the next time he comes around. A little upfront planning can make your next April 15th a much more pleasant experience.

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Four Life Saving Tips If You Can't Pay Taxes

Thu, 01 May 2008 14:38:14 +0000

April 15th has come and gone, and taxpayers from sea to shining sea sent Uncle Sam a tax check. Because of tough economic times, though, many weren't able to make the necessary payment to the guy with the grey goatee. This may happen to you sometime in the future, so it's important to know that taxpayers have some payment options.

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Three Top Tax Scams

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 23:13:32 +0000

The IRS recently published its "Dirty Dozen," a list of the top tax scams. Some of them are used to con taxpayers like you, while others are employed to con the IRS itself.

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Four Ways to Keep the Auditor Away

Thu, 10 Apr 2008 23:24:52 +0000

As April approaches, taxpayers across the land have begun to shake. Despite the prospect of tax refunds and rebates, the specter of an IRS audit strikes fear into the heart of virtually any American. Here are some tips to keep the auditor far from your door.

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Mind Your Tax Breaks!

Sun, 06 Apr 2008 23:57:15 +0000

It's time to stop ignoring the impending tax deadline and start thinking about what you owe. But here's the good news: This year, you might qualify for some extra breaks.

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Three Tax Rebate Tips

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 00:14:56 +0000

The United States government has applied the jumper cables to our sagging economy, and it's hoping that the economic stimulus package will give America the spark it needs to start running again. Here are some details about you and the rebate.

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Game Show Earnings: A Taxing Situation

Wed, 19 Mar 2008 00:44:19 +0000

Winning big has its drawbacks. If you're planning an appearance on Wheel of Fortune, or any game show for that matter, understand the tax consequences of hitting the jackpot.

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Three Ways to Spend Your Tax Rebate

Mon, 03 Mar 2008 15:54:49 +0000

The 2008 stimulus package has been signed, sealed, and delivered. Top lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have agreed to pump more money into the economy. One way to use the money is to pay down your mortgage, or develop a debt consolidation plan.

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Proactive and Tax Savvy for the New Year

Thu, 03 Jan 2008 00:14:15 +0000

Start organizing your tax documents now, and have one less thing to worry about when spring fever sets in.

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Home Equity Debt Can Reduce Capital Gains Taxes

Wed, 05 Sep 2007 23:13:19 +0000

Capital gains earned from the sale of your home can lead to a huge tax bill. Learn how to minimize your capital gains bill by raising your cost basis through home improvements.

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Top Seven Overlooked Tax Deductions

Fri, 06 Jul 2007 23:12:17 +0000

Taxes take a huge bite out of your income; but you can soften the effect if you know the rules. Don't let your hard-earned cash slip through your fingers. Itemize your deductions and take advantage of rules designed to reduce your obligation.

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Tax Tips for Teens

Fri, 29 Jun 2007 23:12:17 +0000

Whether they'll admit it or not, your teenage children need your help understanding how income taxes work. Send them off to the working world on the right foot by reviewing these taxpayer basics.

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Six Summertime Tax Tips

Mon, 18 Jun 2007 23:12:17 +0000

As you settle into the balmy days of summer, thoughts of tax time and April 15th are but a distant memory. Use this downtime to implement some solid tax strategies to help, not hinder, your summertime fun.

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Nine Reasons Why Property Taxes Increase

Mon, 07 May 2007 23:12:14 +0000

Ask any homeowner, and he'll tell you that property tax bills always seem to rise. Yet, when you consider the sheer number of factors that can spark a change, you should probably be thankful that there aren't even more property tax hikes.

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Finding a Tax Service: Now is the Perfect Time

Sun, 29 Apr 2007 23:12:18 +0000

When April 16th rolls around, the last thing you want to think about are taxes. But the truth is that the weeks following April 15th are the ideal time to think about how you're going to handle your taxes next year, particularly if you're looking for a new tax service.

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The Best Ways to Reduce Your Taxes

Tue, 10 Apr 2007 23:17:12 +0000

You may be paying higher taxes than you need to. Find out how to use the system to your advantage, and keep Uncle Sam out of your pocketbook.

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Top Four Tax Filing Mistakes

Sat, 07 Apr 2007 23:12:19 +0000

Any procedure as complicated as tax reporting is going to be subject to a multitude of common errors. Unfortunately, tax return missteps can cause unnecessary stress and set you back financially. Avoid both by learning from the most common taxpayer mistakes.

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Year-end Mortgage Tax Tips

Tue, 16 Jan 2007 00:30:20 +0000

Get your mortgage ducks in a row now, so that you can enjoy those juicy mortgage-related tax deductions in the spring.

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Choosing a Tax Debt Relief Specialist

Fri, 08 Dec 2006 01:07:22 +0000

More than two centuries ago, Ben Franklin observed that life's only certainties are death and taxes. In today's world, where tax evasion can lead to the imprisonment of entertainers and the seizing of homes, the Founding Father's words still ring true. If you have a tax debt, now is the time to address it.

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