Most state and local governments charge an annual tax on the value of real property that you own. Any of these real estate taxes (also called property taxes) on your primary or secondary residence are generally deductible on your return. The amount of real estate taxes paid may be reported to you on Form 1098 Mortgage Interest Statement.
To enter your deductible real estate taxes in the TaxAct® program:
Per IRS Instructions for Schedule A, page A-7:
Enter on line 5b the state and local taxes you paid on real estate you own that wasn't used for business, but only if the taxes are assessed uniformly at a like rate on all real property throughout the community, and the proceeds are used for general community or governmental purposes. Pub. 530 explains the deductions homeowners can take.
Don't include the following amounts on line 5b.
If your mortgage payments include your real estate taxes, you can include only the amount the mortgage company actually paid to the taxing authority in 2020.
If you sold your home in 2020, any real estate tax charged to the buyer should be shown on your settlement statement and in box 6 of any Form 1099-S you received. This amount is considered a refund of real estate taxes. See Refunds and rebates, later. Any real estate taxes you paid at closing should be shown on your settlement statement.
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