2011 Tax Tips for Royal Oak Michigan Home Owners

Posted in Royal Oak Michigan homes by Michigan Real Estate Expert on March 18th, 2011

It’s the time of year we all dread… time for your 2010 tax filings.  While I am not a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or even a plain old accountant, I do want to share with you some basic tax tips all Royal Oak Michigan home owners should consider before filing their taxes.

2011 Tax Tips for Royal Oak Michigan Home Owners

  • Contact a tax expert.  My motto is always, if in doubt, contact a tax expert.  There’s no way around it; taxes are complicated.  While some don’t want to spend their money on tax experts, I’ve found that they’ve saved me much more money than they’ve cost.  And, the peace of mind they provide is priceless.
  • Claim your Royal Oak Michigan home owner’s tax deduction, if you’re eligible.  In 2002, a study was conducted that showed that 61% of eligible home owners did not claim their home owner’s tax deductions on their income taxes.  That means that 61% of home owners who would have saved on their income taxes took the standard deduction and paid a higher tax bill that they needed to.  Don’t miss any more tax savings by automatically taking the standard deduction.  Consult a tax expert to find out how much you can save by taking advantage of your home owner’s tax breaks.
  • Review your past returns.  If you think you might have overpaid your taxes in the past, have a tax expert review your past returns and help you file an amended return to reclaim your money.
  • Start paying back your 2008 first-time home buyer tax break. If you claimed the very first version of the first-time home buyers tax break on your 2008 tax returns, you must now start paying it back.  The credit has to be repaid in 15 equal payments each tax-filing time, beginning with 2010 returns.  The 2008 tax break wasn’t a true credit.  Instead, it was an interest-free loan, and like all loans, it must be paid back.
  • Claim subsequent home-buyer tax credits.  If you qualified for and used the 2009 (which was extended to June, 2010) first-time home-buyer tax credit or home-owner tax credit, you had the option to claim the credit on your 2009 or 2010 taxes.  If you waited to claim them, now’s the time to do so.

Even though the home-buyer tax credits are no longer available, this is an amazing time to buy one of the Royal Oak Michigan homes for sale.  If you’d like to learn more about why now is a fabulous time to buy a home, or if you need help finding a home you love, I can help.  Give me a call today at 248-514-2640 or email me at info@NorthWoodwardHomes.com.

Lee Morof sells North Woodward Homes in Oakland County Michigan RE/MAX Showcase Homes 

Lee Morof
Associate Broker/Attorney 
RE/MAX Showcase Homes
Birmingham, Michigan
Call:  248-514-2640

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