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stephen webb…, Real Estate Pro in Kirkland, WA

Tax Credit/Tax Write Off, what is the difference?Could someone provide and an example for a $300K purchase?

Asked by stephen webber, Kirkland, WA Thu Mar 28, 2013

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Your question is very unclear.

In general a tax credit is dollar for dollar off your taxes. So if you have a tax credit of $1,000, and would owe $5,000 in taxes but for the credit, you would have to pay only $4,000 in taxes.

If you had a tax deduction of $1,000 and would pay $5,000 but for the deduction, how much you would have to pay would depend on your tax rate. If your marginal tax rate is 25%, that $1,000 deduction would allow you to pay only $4,750 in taxes.

So a credit is generally better than a deduction, if they are the same amount.

Neither generally applies to a purchase transaction, because a purchase is not typically a taxable event. You might get a mortgage interest deduction if you borrow to buy the property, and that would typically be a deduction.

You should consult a tax adviser for your specific situation.
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There WAS a tax credit up to $8,000 being offered to help stimulate home sales (i.e. PURCHASES) but that ended a couple years ago.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 29, 2013
Like Kary said, even though there is a difference, neither applies to a home purchase. You could be thinking about something in the past that existed or just be confused about home purchasing.

Good luck to you in any case,
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