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Condo at Brooklyn Point with a running tax abatement that saves the owner thousands in carrying costs per year (Extell Development) Condo at Brooklyn Point with a running tax abatement that saves the owner thousands in carrying costs per year (Extell Development)
Buying and owning a home may be expensive, but there are a number of tax advantages associated with home ownership. While some tax credits are available to all homeowners, others depend on the status or location of the property or nature of the home upgrade. This article offers a breakdown of the six most common tax credits available to homeowners in New York City.

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1059 Manhattan Avenue
1059 Manhattan Avenue Greenpoint
501 Myrtle Avenue
501 Myrtle Avenue Clinton Hill
The Vista, 44-15 Purves Street
The Vista, 44-15 Purves Street Long Island City
Allura, 109-09 15th Avenue
Allura, 109-09 15th Avenue College Point
Hamilton Parc, 504 West 136th Street
Hamilton Parc, 504 West 136th Street Hamilton Heights

State and Local Tax (SALT) Credit

If you read the news, you likely already know about the SALT (state and local tax) deduction, and the fact that in 2018, the deduction was capped at $10,000. For people living in states with lower taxes, the change had little or no impact. In New York City, where property taxes are often well about $10,000 annually, capping the SALT tax has proven controversial. Still, if you itemize personal deductions, you can deduct up to $10,000 of your state and local taxes annually. Applicable taxes include the taxes you pay on your property and any additional taxes paid as a shareholder in a coop. One caveat is that you can either deduct state and local real estate and personal property taxes and income taxes or general sales taxes but not both income and general sales taxes.

Home Mortgage Interest Tax Credit

Home mortgage interest refers to any interest you pay on a loan you’ve taken out for your home whether it is a primary or secondary home. Again, since 2018, this tax credit isn’t as advantageous as it once was, but it still does exist. Owners who purchased a home before 2018 can deduct mortgage interest on loans valued at up to $1 million. Owners who have purchased a home since 2018 can deduct home mortgage interest on the first $750,000 of their debt.

Home Office Tax Credit

Even if you’re now working from home, don’t assume you can claim the home office credit. The home office tax credit is only available to people who are self-employed (notably, this includes salaried employees who also work as freelancers or run a business on the side).

If you are eligible, there are also several important IRS regulations that you must follow. First, you have to be using part of your home for the “regular and exclusive use” of your business. Second, the space must be your principal place of business. Finally, no one is permitted to write off their entire home for business purposes. Instead, you can write off part of your home using the IRS’s simplified or regular calculation. Under the simplified method, you get a standard deduction of $5 per square foot of home used for business purposes (up to 300 square feet). The regular deduction allows you to deduct a percentage of your home instead.
Chelsea Modern, 447 West 18th Street, #7C (Douglas Elliman)

Tax Credits for Restoring Historic Properties

If your home happens to be listed in the State or National Register of Historic Places or is located in one of New York City’s State historic districts, you may qualify for one or more tax credits.

The Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program offers a 20 percent federal income tax credit for owners of properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places but only if these properties are income-producing. Property owners of homes on the list may also be eligible for a credit if they rehabilitate their property and the rehabilitation is approved by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and is approved by the National Park Service.

At the state level, buildings listed in the State or National Register of Historic Places or located in a listed historic district may be eligible for the New York State Historic Homeowner Tax Credit Program, which covers 20% of qualified rehabilitation costs of owner-occupied homes (to a maximum of $50,000). Learn more on the Preservation League of NYS website.
West Village townhouse nyc apartments 214 West 11th Street in the Greenwich Village Historic District

Tax Credits for Going Green

If you are a homeowner and thinking about installing a green roof, solar panels, or another green energy solution, the tax breaks could be significant. The city, state, and federal government all offer incentives for going green.

  • City Credits: Depending on when you installed your solar energy system, you may still be eligible for a city credit. New York City also offers a one-time tax abatement for the installation of green roots (i.e., roofs with vegetation that absorb rainwater, provide insulation, and counter the “heat island effect”). The current program offers $4.50 per square foot of green roof space (up to $100,000). In condo buildings, the abatement is distributed amongst the individual units (visit the NYC Department of Finance for more details).

  • State Credits: As part of the state’s incentive to install solar systems, homeowners can claim a credit for 25% of the cost of the installation (up to $5,000).

  • Federal Credits: The federal government offers a tax incentive for installing qualifying renewable home energy systems, including the cost of installing solar electric and solar water heating systems, as well as small wind-energy properties and geothermal heat pumps. If you want to take advantage of this tax credit, it is important to do so sooner rather than later. The program, which was recently extended to 2032. Visit this website to see what credits are available.
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Tax Credits for Home Improvements Made for Medical Reasons

Finally, there are a number of home-related tax credits available to homeowners who need to make capital improvements for medical reasons. These reasons include but are not restricted to:

  • Constructing an entrance or exit ramp
  • Widening doorways
  • Installing railings or support bars in bathrooms
  • Adding handrails or support bars in other parts of the home
  • Lowering or modifying kitchen cabinets and equipment

As with other tax credits, the IRS offers this one with a specific caveat. If the improvement made for medical reasons increases the value of the home, you can claim part of the improvement as a medical expense. On the other hand, if the improvement doesn’t increase the value of your home, the entire cost can be included as a medical expense. As it turns out, most improvements made for medical reasons (e.g., installing ramps, widening doorways, installing grab bars, and lowering and modifying kitchen counters) don’t add to the value of the home so in most cases, the entire cost can be claimed.

Active Listings with Tax Abatements under $1M

145 Kenilworth Place, #6B (HomeDax Real Estate LLC)

Hamilton Parc, #6C (Keller Williams NYC)

501 Myrtle Avenue, #2B (Serhant LLC)

1570 Prospect Place, #6 (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

121 Kingsland Avenue, #3B (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)

Allura, #E302 (Compass)

5 West 127th Street, #2A (William Raveis New York City LLC)

The Vista, #14B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Graceline Court, #5B (Sothebys International Realty)

1059 Manhattan Avenue, #3B (Compass)

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Contributing Writer Cait Etherington Cait Etherington has over twenty years of experience working as a journalist and communications consultant. Her articles and reviews have been published in newspapers and magazines across the United States and internationally. An experienced financial writer, Cait is committed to exposing the human side of stories about contemporary business, banking and workplace relations. She also enjoys writing about trends, lifestyles and real estate in New York City where she lives with her family in a cozy apartment on the twentieth floor of a Manhattan high rise.