Can I deduct property (real estate) taxes?
Yes, if you own the property, it’s for your personal use and you also itemize your deductions.
Deductible property (real estate) taxes include taxes paid at closing when buying or selling a home, as well as taxes paid to your county or town’s tax assessor (either directly or through a mortgage escrow account) on the assessed value of your property.
Deduct it for your:
- Main home
- Vacation homes
- Foreign property
You can't deduct it for:
- Property you don’t own
- Rental property or business property (claim it as an expense, not a deduction)
- Local improvements, like streets or sidewalks
- Trash collection, library taxes, or anything else not directly related to property value
Some more important info:
- If you pay your property tax with your mortgage, you can only deduct it after your lender has paid the tax on your behalf. You can contact your lender to find out when they typically make these payments. (For example a lender might make the payment in October to cover the total amount of the following year’s taxes; or they might make quarterly payments. It depends on the taxing authority in your location.)
- Be sure to claim the deduction in the year you made the payment. So if you pay your 2018 property tax on December 14, 2017, claim it on your 2017 return.
- Co-op members: Only claim your share of the amount paid by the corporation
- Multiple owners: Split the deduction by what each person paid
- School taxes are deductible only if they are based on the assessed value of your property