With the Congress keeping the provisions for the exclusion from taxes on the sale of a principal residence and important tax exemptions for homeowners, I feel housing can continue on it's course of positive momentum.
Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) January 02, 2013
The Holloway Group, the leading Knoxville real estate team at Gables & Gates, REALTORS, has written a new article on their website educating clients on what the latest steps to avert the fiscal cliff mean to the real estate market.
In order to avoid the fiscal cliff, a budget package was passed by Congress on New Years Day. Implications for homeowners and the Knoxville real estate market include: tax rates remaining the same for most households and the extension of mortgage cancellation relief.
The “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012’’ that was passed by Congress extends current tax rates for all households earning less than $450,000, and $400,000 for individual filers. Households earning above these limits will see tax rates revert to where they were in 2003, meaning taxpayers in the highest bracket would pay taxes on ordinary income at a rate of 39.6%, up from 35%. The tax rate on capital gains would also remain the same, at 15%, for most households, but for those earning above the $400,000-$450,000 threshold, the rate would rise to 20%.
Troy Stavros, Broker and Partner with the Holloway Group stated, "From a real estate standpoint, this could have gone in a bad direction and gladly did not. With the Congress keeping the provisions for the exclusion from taxes on the sale of a principal residence and important tax exemptions for homeowners, I feel housing can continue on it's course of positive momentum."
Good news from a homeowner's perspective, the exclusion from taxes for gains on the sale of a principal residence of up to $500,000 ($250,000 for individuals) remains intact, so only home sellers whose income is $450,000 or above, AND the gain on the sale of their house is above $500,000 would pay taxes on the excess capital gains at the higher rate. Therefore there is no change for the majority of home sellers.
Extenders, which keep in place expiring tax provisions, are also included. Of most interest to the Knoxville real estate market, the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012’’ would extend mortgage cancellation relief for home owners or sellers who have a portion of their mortgage debt forgiven by their lender. This is typically seen in a short sale or foreclosure sale for sellers or a modification for owners. Without this extension, the debt forgiven would be taxable, adding additional financial burden to already underwater homeowners. Also extended are deductions for state and local property taxes and mortgage insurance premiums, which, along with the mortgage interest deduction, are important tax considerations for home owners and buyers.
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