Write-offs are the government's way of rewarding taxpayers when they've done something the government likes. And to judge by the write-offs, the government likes it when people borrow money to buy a house. There are write-offs aplenty, many of which people often forget.
Please be sure you take advantage of every break the IRS will give you! Here are a few common write-offs it is easy to forget:
Points: According to the IRS, origination fees charged as points must be paid for the use of money, (for example, to obtain a lower interest rate) in order to be tax deductible. Origination fees that constitute a "service fee" are not tax deductible. The question must be asked, "Does the fee apply to the use of money, or is it a service charge?"
Pre-payment penalties: Unforeseen circumstances often cause borrowers to pull out of their mortgages sooner than expected. Fortunately, pre-payment penalties are tax deductible, which helps ease the pain.
Pro-rated real estate taxes: Even if the seller sent the tax collector the check, chances are the buyer paid a pro-rated portion of the taxes for the year at closing. Be sure you know to deduct your fair share.
Pro-rated mortgage interest: Depending on when in the month the home sale closes, buyers pay either a hefty or a tiny amount of pro-rated mortgage interest for that month. Big or small, you can write that off. The Final Closing/Settlement Statement will show just how much you're due.
Home construction loan interest: As long as the construction period doesn't last more than two years before you make the new place your "principal residence," you can write off the interest for that construction loan.
It pays to pay attention – all these write-offs can add up to some serious savings when tax time comes around.