Tag Archive for ‘taxes’

How Home Building Can Lead a Recovery by Generating Jobs

As the U.S. economy struggles under the burden of the coronavirus pandemic, economists are discussing how a recovery might unfold once social distancing and other measures begin to succeed.  A recent NAHB article illustrates the role home building can play in a recovery by generating jobs. The article published updated estimates of the national economic impact of home building.  The… Read More ›

Number of Alternative Minimum Tax Payers Falls 98 Percent in Tax Year 2018

Each year, the IRS releases tax return statistics for returns filed for the prior tax year. Data is released throughout the year as more returns are processed and represent tax return information that has been gathered through late-May, mid-July, and mid-November. Although these numbers are not as thorough as the Statistics on Income tables, unlike those tables, filing season data… Read More ›

Property Taxes by Congressional District

Earlier this year, NAHB released 2017 property taxes by state as a blog post and as a longer special study. However, in light of changes made to the tax code by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), further refining the statistics by congressional district is instructive to both members of Congress as well as their constituents. Property Tax Payments,… Read More ›

Tax Reform Toolkit: Understanding Changes to the Net Operating Loss Deduction

Before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) went into effect, a business’s net operating losses (NOLs) could generally be carried back two years and carried forward 20 years to offset taxable income. Tax reform, however, repealed the two-year carryback allowance and other special carryback provisions for losses arising in tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017. The TCJA also… Read More ›

HELOC Win Retains $760 Million in Remodeling Incentives

Ever since the inception of the U.S. income tax in 1913, home owners have been able to deduct interest paid on home equity loans (HELOCs). The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 limited the mortgage interest and HELOC deductions to interest paid on $1,000,000 and $100,000 of debt, respectively. Then came the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA)…. Read More ›

Property Taxes by State – 2016

The 2016 American Community Survey data shows that New Jersey still leads the nation with the highest average annual real estate tax (RET) bill of $8,374—$7,707 more than RETs paid by Alabama’s homeowners. The difference between the highest-taxed state (New Jersey) and lowest (Alabama) grew by $481 in 2016. The overall distribution remained roughly unchanged since 2015, as the composition… Read More ›

Who Claims the Home Office Deduction?

With tax preparation season well underway, it is a good time to examine the use of the home office deduction. Often cited as a “red flag” for tax audits, the home office deduction is a legitimate business deduction particularly important for certain professionals and small business owners. Moreover – from the housing economics perspective – IRS data concerning the deduction,… Read More ›