Mortgage Breaks Fail to Boost Home Ownership

Experts at ACL Real Estate and Property Management analyze the results of a recent study to show that mortgage interest tax benefits have only helped the affluent buy bigger homes rather than to encourage home ownership.

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(PRWEB) April 09, 2014

Leading real estate and property management firm, ACL Real Estate and Property Management state that the federal tax benefits intended to boost home ownership is actually only helping the affluent buy bigger and better houses through easy loans. Findings of a recent study support this, showing that the tax deductions related to mortgage interest have contributed as much as 18% to augmenting home size in the most affluent regions of the nation.

The study, conducted by economists at R Street Institute and published on March 24, 2014, analyzed IRS data on a zip code basis to assess the distribution of tax benefits across the major metropolitan regions as well as income levels. The findings of this study only serve to affirm economic research that points towards tax preferences not really benefiting Americans, although they lead to forgone revenues of about $175 billion each year for the government.

President Barack Obama has proposed curbing tax benefits related to mortgage interests on several occasions, especially for people who earn more than $200,000 annually or married couple who earn more than $250,000 annually. Recently, Dave Camp, the House Budget Chairman, has also proposed a cap on mortgage interest deductions associated with new loans at a principal of $500,000, from the current limit of $1 million. However, policy makers are reluctant to curb such deductions, mostly because they are popular with their voters and support the real estate industry.

The study also shows that tax deductions for owner-occupied homes end up benefiting very few households, with homeowners who earned more than $100,000 a year were three-to-four times more likely to claim the deduction than those who earned less than $100,000. The tax benefit is available only if one includes itemized deductions on tax returns. The reason than many prefer not to itemize deductions is that they are likely to be liable to paying lower taxes using the standard deduction.

The research also shows that the tax benefits differ significantly by region and income. The findings show that while the annual savings for households that claim the housing deduction average at $12,300 in San Francisco, savings are as low as $2,900 in Dallas. On the other hand, those earning more than $100,000 annually end up saving $8,000 a year through the mortgage interest deduction in San Francisco, while those earning less than $100,000 are able to save $3,700.

Lastly, the study demonstrates that suburban households are twice as likely to benefit from the deduction as urban households.

About ACL Real Estate and Property Management: With wide experience and a proven track record in quality service and reliability, ACL Real Estate and Property Management has carved a niche for itself for its real estate and property management services in the East Bay and Peninsula areas. The company has a successful track record of assisting home owners in both selling and buying any type of property. The company also offers comprehensive property management services that ease the process of selecting tenants, maintaining the home and ensuring timely rent collection for homeowners.

http://www.rstreet.org/policy-study/rethinking-tax-benefits-for-home-owners/


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