Sweeping Tax Reform Passed!

shutterstock_390999490 (1) copyToday, the Congress passed their finalized tax reform —which has been pushed through Congress over the last month in a rush to have the bill hit President Trump’s desk before Christmas.

Passing the House once again 224-201 after a revote Wednesday afternoon, President Trump will hold a ceremony today to mark the bill’s passage, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Members of the House and Senate will attend the event, scheduled for 3 p.m. EST.

The Senate approved the bill 51-48 early Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, the bill was approved on a 227-203 vote in the House.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said of the bill, “This is without question the single most important thing we can do to once again make America the best place to do business.”

Finally fulfilling a legislative priority of the Congress, the finalized tax reform could go down in history as the most substantial overhaul of the American tax code since the Regan Administration.

Here’s a look at what the changes could mean for future of homeowners according to CNN Money:

  • Downsized mortgage interest rate deduction: New homebuyers would now only be able to deduct interest on the first $750,000 of mortgage debt on a newly-purchased home—down from the current $1 million thresholds, but higher than the $500,000 limit the House proposed in its tax overhaul in November. While the deduction has helped make homebuying more affordable for some homeowners, buyers in some cities face much higher price tags.
  • Less reason to itemize: Homeowners must itemize their taxes if they want to claim the mortgage interest deduction. But since the final bill calls for nearly doubling the standard deduction, far fewer Americans are expected to itemize.
  • Limit on property tax deduction: Taxpayers will no longer be able to fully deduct state and local property taxes plus income or sales taxes. Instead, the legislation allows individuals to deduct up to $10,000 in state and local income and property taxes or state and local property and sales taxes. That means homeowners living in high-tax states like New York, California, and New Jersey could see an increase in what they owe.
  • Tax break stays for home sellers: Both the House and Senate bills originally wanted to scale back a tax break for homeowners when they sell their home for profit. Taxpayers will still be able to exclude up to $500,000 (or $250,000 for single filers) from capital gains when they sell their primary home, as long as they’ve lived there for two of the past five years. Earlier tax reform proposals would have increased the live-in requirement to five out of the last eight years.
By, Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: nicole.casperson@thefivestar.com.
Posted on December 20, 2017 at 6:44 PM
Guy Arnone | Category: Real Estate

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