Fiscal Cliff Deal and Alexandria VA Real Estate

Considering The Tax ShelterSo what does the recent “Fiscal Cliff Deal” mean to you insofar as real estate goes – well, for the next year, anyway?

  • If you did a short sale or a loan modification, you will not have to pay taxes on the reduction, provided it happens before January 1, 2014, when the provision expires.
  • Homeowners can continue to deduct mortgage insurance premiums through 2013, provided your income is less than $110,000.  That’s retroactive for 2012, by the way.

If you earn more than $250,000 (or $300,000 for couples), well, your itemized deductions have been limited – and it varies by income.

For example, if you earned $251,000, your itemization is reduced by $30.00.  If you earn $300,000, you would reduce your itemization by $1,500…and so on.

Capital gains that put you over $400,000 in income will be taxed at 20% instead of 15%.  The exception is the sale of your principal residence – the first $250,000 in profit if you’re single or the first $500,000 if you’re a couple are still exempt.

As for your kids, well, you can leave an estate up to $5 million ($10 million for families) and they won’t pay any tax.  Whatever you leave above that will be taxed at 40%.

So, that’s the update for now;  stay tuned because you just never know what those crazy rascals in Congress will do next.   Taxes seem to be a moving target these days.


*Thanks to the knowledgable folks at VAR for putting this information together for all of us. 

photo by: JD Hancock

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