4 Critical Mistakes Homeowners Make On Their Taxes in Fort Myers

Homeowners Make On Their TaxesThere are a number of common mistakes homeowners make on their taxes each year. And with all of the changes that have recently occurred, homeowners and investors are even more likely to make a mistake than they had been in years past. Learn more about the deductions available to you, what you’re entitled to and what you need to watch out for in our latest post!

When filing your taxes for 2018, there are a number of new things homeowners need to be aware of. While the laws are ever-changing, many new policies have recently gone into effect. Investors need to be diligent that their forms are filed correctly, and that they are capitalizing on the deductions available to them. You don’t want to find yourself overpaying or not paying enough, causing you trouble down the road. Below, we discuss four of the most critical mistakes homeowners are making when it comes to filing their taxes for 2018 in Fort Myers.

#1 – Can No Longer Deduct Moving Expenses

Previously, you were able to deduct moving expenses when relocating to a new home that was over 50 miles away. As of 2018, you are no longer able to deduct your moving expenses no matter how far away you are going, but there are some alternatives. This change has a huge impact on people who are moving a long way. Moving trucks, traveling costs, storage, and many other expenses of relocating can add up to thousands of dollars that you will, unfortunately, have to pay taxes on. People all over the country had previously advantage of deductible costs when making state to state moves. Today, this deduction is only available to people who serve in the US Armed Forces.

#2 – Property Taxes And Mortgage Interest Deductions

These deductions are now subject to caps. The maximum deduction allowable for state, local, and property taxes is capped at $10,000. For married individuals filing separately, this limit drops to $5,000. It’s important to note that you must be the homeowner to claim this deduction; if you assist a friend or family member with their property taxes, you cannot deduct the amount. However, if you cover someone else’s bills entirely, there’s still a small deduction available, although the dependent credit of previous years is no longer applicable. Deductibility of mortgage interest remains as long as the debt remains under $750,000, reduced from the previous $1 million limit. Furthermore, you can deduct any mortgage points paid and annual insurance premiums for the house, offering some relief for the interest paid on outstanding loans.

#3 – Exclude Your Gains

Here’s a valuable insight for those who have recently sold a property at a profit. You can now exclude up to $250,000 of your property gains, or up to $500,000 if filing jointly. We’ve encountered numerous individuals who held onto unwanted properties solely to avoid dealing with capital gains taxes. However, most of them would have been exempt from paying taxes altogether, as their profits fell below the $250k or $500k thresholds. While many worry about capital gains taxes, substantial profits are typically required to be affected. Moreover, you can sidestep these taxes by reinvesting your profits into a “like-kind” investment, which encompasses a broad range of investment options.

#4 – Missing Write-Offs

Missing out on your deductions is like missing out on free money. As a Fort Myers homeowner, it’s important that you are capitalizing on all the deductions owed to you. Some common ones people might miss out on include medically necessary home improvements, solar panels, and other improvements made throughout the year. If you are a property investor, you will be able to write off your management costs, travel costs, and administrative expenses. You will also be able to deduct the fees for the professional services of lawyers, accountants, and property managers as long as their bills are solely for your investment property.

With all of the deduction changes, it is important to note that the standard deduction has nearly doubled under new tax laws. Single people are now able to deduct $12,000, whereas their deduction was only $6,500 in the past. Married couples who are filing jointly can now deduct $24,000, up from the $13,000 they could take in previous years. This means many more people are better off with the standard deduction as opposed to itemizing everything. If you haven’t had any significant changes over the past year, and if your taxes are low, the standard deduction will likely be right for you.

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