Tax Benefits of Home Ownership

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Published by CCH Incorporated in Taxes, volume 81 issue 7, 2003. Bryant users may access this article here.

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In December 2002, final regulations addressing numerous issues related to the sale of a principal residence were issued. At the same time, temporary regulations addressing the reduced maximum exclusion also were issued. Given the recent release of these regulations, along with the increased interest in home ownership in recent years, it is an appropriate time to examine the numerous tax benefits provided to homeowners. The tax implications related to home ownership are addressed by discussing the following items: 1. qualified residence interest (including refinancing costs and points), 2. real estate taxes, 3. sale of a residence, 4. business use of the home, 5. vacation homes, and 6. qualified residence interest.