Tax Benefits for Second Home Owners

Tax benefits should be considered if you are thinking about buying a second home at Deep Creek Lake. I put together a list of a few tax breaks, but you should always consult a tax professional for verification of specific terms and tax benefits since every situation is unique.

tax benefits

1.) Mortgage Interest is deductible up to $750,000 in combined total mortgages. 

2.) Home Improvements – you can deduct interest on a home equity or line of credit (there will be limits).

3.) You can deduct your second home property taxes up to $10,000/year for all state and local taxes.

4.) If you rent for 14 days or less over the course of the year, that rental income is tax free with no limit on what you can charge. 

5.) When It’s Time To Sell – Capital gain of up to $250,000 on the sale of the principal residence may be excluded from taxable income if you have converted your second home to a principal residence. You can exclude $250,000 for single taxpayer or $500,000 for a married couple for the sale of a principal residence.  In order to qualify as a principal residence, you have to have lived in the home 2 out of the last 5 years.

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in the area, you can contact me at betsy@deepcreekvacations.com or 301-616-5022.



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