First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit 2016. First-time home buyers can take out up to $10,000 from traditional and Roth IRAs penalty-free to help with purchasing the home. Spouses, parents, children or grandchildren can add another $10,000 from their IRA accounts for a total of $20,000 for a down payment.
For most people, the biggest tax break from owning a home comes from deducting mortgage interest. For tax year prior to 2018, you can deduct interest on up to $1 million of debt used to acquire or improve your home. For tax years after 2017, the limit is reduced to $750,000 of debt for binding contracts or loans originated after December 16, 2017.
Unfortunately, most of the expenses you paid when buying your home are not deductible in the year of purchase. The only tax deductions on a home purchase you may qualify for is the prepaid mortgage interest (points). To deduct prepaid mortgage interest (points) paid to the lender if you must meet these qualifications:
You may be eligible for mortgage interest deductions and tax breaks for buying a house. Here's what you need to know.