Refinanced Your Home – Claim a Tax Deduction For Points

The mortgage refinance market has cooled off dramatically with recent rate increases. Many people, however, refinanced during 2005 and can claim tax deductions.

Refinanced Your Home – Claim a Tax Deduction For Points

Mortgage rates have been shockingly low over the last few years. This is hardly news to anyone that owns a home. The nominal rates, however, did result in a major boom for the mortgage industry. As rates jostled up and down, millions refinanced to save just the fraction more on their home loans. Heck, many people refinanced multiple times! Alas, this rapid refinance craze has come to an end with the rise in mortgage interest rates.

If you refinanced this past year to get lower rates, I have some good news. Not only did you get lower rates, but you probably built up some additional tax deductions you can use to cut your tax bill.

To obtain a mortgage, whether new or a refinance, homeowners often have to pay points. These nasty little charges represent a percentage of the loan and are typically an upfront charge. Fortunately, points are deductible. Generally, you will claim a deduction for points as part of the mortgage interest deduction that makes our real estate industry so attractive. The type of loan, however, impacts how the points are deducted.

If you obtained a new home loan for a residence, you can deduct the full amount of the points. To do so, however, you must itemize on your tax return. Since you should be deducting the interest paid on the mortgage as well, this is a no brainer.

If you refinanced an existing home loan for a residence, however, things are a bit different. Yes, you can deduct the points paid on the refinance. Unfortunately, you have to deduct them over the life of the loan. In practical terms, you cannot deduct the full $3,000 you paid in points when you refinanced in August of last year. Instead, you can deduct a percentage of the $3,000. The percentage is the value of the points divided by the number of months of the loan. There are two ways around this tax handicap.

If you refinanced twice in 2005, and some of you did, you can deduct the full amount of the points on the first refinance. Why? You can do this because the life of the first refinance was less than a year, which all occurred in 2005.

In certain cases, points may also be immediately deductible if you used a refinance for home improvements. It is a bit technical and beyond the scope of this article. If you actually used a refinance to improve the home, and you can prove it with receipts, speak with a tax professional to write off all your points immediately.

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Points To Remember While Buying Health Insurance

General insurance are those which cover aspects of our lives that are not covered by life insurance. There are many insurance policies that come under the gamut of general insurance. Among these is health insurance or commonly known as mediclaim. Health insurance is the ideal add-on to your life insurance policy as it takes care of your well-being while you are ill or hospitalized. The difference between health insurance and life insurance can be summed as follows.

Health insurance provides benefits while you are alive.
Life insurance provides benefits after your demise.

Thus, one must be able to gauge from this the importance of health insurance. Therefore, it is imperative on everybody to have an effective mediclaim policy, moreover a policy that suits the need in the most appropriate manner. Health insurance provides a wide range of services under its aegis. For instance, it covers the expenses of hospitalization as well as pre-hospitalization, an ideal way to safeguard the health of your family during a medical exigency. Once you have bought a mediclaim policy it will get you benefits ranging from medical test to prescription drugs and everything in between including treatment services. The insurance provider will provide these multitudes of benefits in lieu of the premium that we ought to pay regularly in order to keep the policy running. Any lapse in the premium payment will make the policy worthless leaving you exposed to uncertainties. Thus we must make sure to pay our health insurance premiums on time in order to keep ourselves and our loved ones secured.

Before you buy a mediclaim plan, you must take in to cognizance some of the important points discussed below, as they will help you in selecting a health insurance plan that is best for you.

Not everybody can purchase a mediclaim policy. Different insurance providers have different age criteria for allowing individual to buy and get benefit of their health insurance. Therefore, this is the first thing that needs to be checked- eligibility.
Study the policy carefully and ascertain the coverage of the policy and then analyze its utility. Ideally health insurance policy must give cover to the policyholder along with the immediate family members that include dependent parents, children and spouse. This has to be in addition with the affordability of the health plan.
Individuals can also get cover from their employers in what is known as group insurance plan. One must check the nitty gritty of the health insurance plan to check whether their family members are covered by it or not. If not then he ought to purchase policy for the dependents.

These are some of the important points that need to be remembered while searching and applying for a mediclaim policy. Ignorance of the above mentioned point can keep you and your family members under-insured and many a times lead to paying out more for a given service. To avoid exposing yourself to dangers of financial stress one must make informed decision.