- Deduct only amounts applicable to the time period purchaser owns the property; reminder is added to cost. Please see your tax adviser to determine if you should capitalize real estate taxes (e.g. if you are subject to AMT tax.) if you take standard deductions you may be eligible for an extra $500 deduction.
- Consult your tax adviser to determine the effects of the closing cost credit on your cost and deductions.
- Deductible if all of the following conditions are met:
- Designated on the Uniform Settlement Statement as points incurred in connection with the indebtedness.
- Computed as a percentage of the amount borrowed.
- Charged under established business practice of charging points for loans in the area in which the residence is located.
- Paid in connection with the acquisition of principal residence and the loan is secured by such residence.
- Paid directly by the taxpayer. If paid by the seller after 12/31/90, points are deductible by the buyer.
However, the basis in the residence must be reduced by the amount deducted by the buyer that was paid for by the seller. The points must be provided by the funds of the taxpayer (i.e. cash downpayments, escrow deposits and /or earnest money applied at closing must equal or exceed the amount deducted at as points) and not from proceeds of the loans.
- Deductible if original loan was short-term financing used to finance acquisition of principal residence (see also 2 above)
- Deductible when actually paid by lender from funds withheld.
Prepared by AND Reprinted with permission of: Liptz, Roberts, Marquez, Merkle, Singh & Zipor Chartered, Certified Public Accountants. 5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1100, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 Phone: (301) 657-2900 Fax: (301) 657-2166. www.lrmcpas.com
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