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Save $7000 on your Calif. tax via the Homeowner’s exemption

by Harold Powell

What is a homeowner’s exemption?  A homeowner’s exemption is just a property tax exemption.  The California state constitution provides for the exemption of up to $7,000 in assessed value from property tax assessment of any property owned and occupied as the owner’s principal place of residence.  This means that the exemption removes up to $70 from your annual property tax bill.  There’s no reason to forgo the benefit.

Watch today’s video to understand who qualifies for the tax exemption.  It’s important to note that the full exemption for the year is available if the form is filed by Feb 15th after that a date a percentage of the exemption is available for that year.

Tax Free Sale

by Harold Powell

The homeowner’s principal residence tax exemption is one of the few places in the IRS code that an owner can qualify for tax free sale. Understanding who and when you can qualify for the $250,000 or the $500,000 homeowners exemption is always a part of the selling process.  
Today I interview Don Pyne , CPA from Pyne, Waltrip, Decker & McCoy, to tackle some of todays most common questions from homeowners.  Questions such as who qualifies for the exemption? How does the surviving spouse rule work? How long you can rent your property for before you would lose your exemption?  These are just some of the questions we discuss in today’s video.


 

On January 1, 2013, as part of the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations, Congress passed an extension of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act. This extension of this act, which has saved homeowners more than $1 billion dollars in taxes, is great news for struggling homeowners nationwide, and for the agents that represent them.

The extension is now only awaiting President Obama’s signature.

The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act was originally passed in 2007 to aid the millions of homeowners who suddenly found themselves in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure following the housing market crash.

Under the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, debt forgiven in a short sale, foreclosure, or loan modification, is exempt from federal taxes on primary residences. For homeowners facing foreclosure, this exemption saves them from paying thousands, or even tens of thousands, in taxes on top of losing their homes.

Now for another year, homeowners can take advantage of this exemption and avoid foreclosure without the fear of an impossible tax liability.

And with banks recognizing the significance of short sales as an effective loss mitigation tool, they’re ramping up for business. Short sales will be the key loss mitigation tool used by mortgage servicers in 2013.

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Harold Powell
RE/MAX Gold Coast Realtors
5720 Ralston St. Ste. 100
Ventura CA 93003
(805) 339-3516