If you decide to go through the refinancing process, there are several options available. One of the most popular options is a cash-out refinance. Essentially, you capitalize on the difference between current interest rates and the interest rate on your home loan to keep your payments the same while also drawing equity out of your home in the form of cash. You can use this money to fund your retirement, complete home repairs, or do a renovation project. Even though you can do just about anything you want with this cash, what do you need to know about a cash-out refinance and taxes?
You Do Not Have To Pay Taxes On Your Cash-Out Refinance
You don’t have to pay taxes on the cash stemming from a cash-out refinance. The IRS generally looks at this money as a loan that you will be expected to pay back. Therefore, you don’t have to report it on your taxes. On the other hand, there are other implications you need to know.
The Interest On Your Mortgage Is Tax-Deductible
One of the biggest tax deductions you might claim is the interest on your mortgage. If you want to claim your mortgage interest as a tax deduction, you will need to itemize your deductions on Schedule A. Furthermore, there is a limit to the amount of mortgage interest you can claim on your tax forms. If you have questions about how to handle your mortgage interest on your taxes, you should talk to a tax professional or an attorney who can help you.
Consider Setting Up A Home Office
You might even want to use the money from your cash-out refinance to build a home office. If you are self-employed and working from home, you might be able to deduct the expenses related to your home office. Again, you need to be familiar with the requirements related to your home office if you want to claim this deduction. A tax professional can help you.
Be Aware Of The Implications Of Refinancing And Taxes
These are a few of the most important points you should keep in mind regarding taxes and the refinancing process. Reach out to a tax professional with any questions.
About the Author:Babak Moghaddam graduated from University of Southern California in 1985. He entered the mortgage industry as a compliance auditor at the Bank of New York in 1986 and completed his masters in Business Administration two years later. After seventeen years in the traditional mortgage banking world Babak finally transformed this vision into his own practice in 2002 when he formed Charter Pacific Lending Corp, a mortgage company that has provided over $900 Million in residential real estate loans throughout Southern California. Babak and his team do things a little differently than other mortgage providers. They work as financial advisors, because they have come to realize that a mortgage is a very powerful financial tool. And just like any other financial tool, it should be managed as part of the overall financial management plan to reach every home owner’s long and short-term financial goals much faster. You can contact Babak for a free consultation and strategy session at (800) 322-1217 X103.