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GOP Tax Overhaul: How Georgia Homeowners Will Be Affected


changes drastically from previous law in several Georgia counties and cities: All of this could have a negative effect on real estate markets across the country, which are still recovering from the 2008 housing market crash. According to Moody's ...


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WASHINGTON, DC — The Republican tax bill has been approved by both houses of Congress, which means that Georgians are going to find out who are the real winners and losers of the lawAnd according to a new study by real estate company Zillow, many potential homeowners are going to lose out due to a lowered cap on the mortgage interest deductionThe people who are going to be hurt the most are those who depend on the State and Local Tax deduction (SALT), which is being reduced to $10,000Current mortgages are not affected by the tax plan, but home buyers in many Georgia counties will be affected by the plan, which Trump lauded in a televised ceremony Wednesday afternoonBut there will be some in the Peach State who will see a tax decrease, at least for the next few yearsThe child deductible is doubling to $2,000, and the Standard Deduction is also doubling to $12,000 for singles and $24,000 for couplesIf you want to see how the tax bill will affect you, try using this calculator from Market WatchFor the future, changing the MID could have a chilling effect on Georgia's housing economyThe MID allows homeowners to deduct the interest paid on their mortgages from their taxable income, which decreases their overall tax bill, instead of using the Standard DeductionUnder the current law, the MID is capped at $1 millionBut under the GOP tax bill, that would drop to $750,000The reduction would only apply to new mortgages, not existing onesThe percent of homes under the bill where the mortgage interest in the first year of the loan would be high enough for a homeowner to take the MID instead of opting for the standard deduction (assuming also taking advantage of SALT deductions) changes drastically from previous law in several Georgia counties and cities: Bartow, currently 17.49% to 1.58%Cherokee, currently 59.31% to 6.15%Cobb, currently 55.19% to 9.09%Dekalb, currently 40.47% to 12.56%Douglas, currently 21.72% to 0.79%Fayette, currently 71.44% to 12.23%Forsyth, currently 87.00% to 18.75%Fulton, currently 56.59% to 23.23%Gwinnett, currently 51.45% to 4.57%All of this could have a negative effect on real estate markets across the country, which are still recovering from the 2008 housing market crashAccording to Moody's, the bill could reduce national home prices by as much as 5 percent"The Northeast Corridor, South Florida, big midwestern cities, and the West Coast will suffer the biggest price declines," Moody's writes"Counties such as Westchester, NY, Cook IL and Delaware PA will experience double-digit price declines." According to an analysis by Zillow, under current law roughly 44 percent of U.Shomes are worth enough for it to make sense for a homeowner to itemize their deductions and take advantage of the mortgage interest deductionUnder the new bill, the percentage of homes drops to 14.4 percentZillow's analysis says that more homeowners are likely to choose to take the standard deduction, which is doubled under the proposed GOP billStates like New York, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia have the highest percentages of homes purchased with loans above $750,000 in 2017, according to ATTOM Data Solutions.Counties with the highest shares of homes with property taxes above $10,000 are Westchester County, New York, Luna County, New Mexico, Rockland County, New York, Mathews County, Virginia and New York County (Manhattan)Counties with the highest volume of homes with property taxes above $10,000 were Nassau County, Long Island, Los Angeles County, California, Suffolk County, Long Island, Bergen County, New Jersey and Harris County, Texas, according to ATTOM DataZillow estimates that in Washington D.Cfor example, the percentage of homes valued high enough for an owner to get a better deal by taking the mortgage interest deduction — assuming they also take advantage of the SALT deduction — goes down from 98 to 64 percentZillow's analysis is based on the estimate that homeowners are in their first year of paying back their loan — when interest payments are largest — and they have a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage at a 4 percent interest rateCounty property tax numbers were based on 2016 numbers from the National Association of Home BuildersAn analysis from The Tax Foundation in August says that reducing the cap would increase taxes primarily for high-income taxpayersSee the full report from Zillow hereImage via ShutterstockBy Feroze Dhanoa, Patch National StaffDeb Belt, Patch National Staff, contributed Subscribe More from Douglasville PatchUp next on Douglasville Patch Car Rammed Before Douglasville Police Chase Christmas 2017 Grocery Store Hours: Douglasville List Holiday 2017: Your Last-Minute Gift Guide ga("send", "event", "taboola", "served", "impression", 1, { "nonInteraction": 1 }); if (mobile_detect.is_phone) { window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-b', container: 'taboola-below-article-thumbnails', placement: 'Mobile Below Article Thumbnails', target_type: 'mix' }); } else { window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-a', container: 'taboola-below-article-thumbnails', placement: 'Below Article Thumbnails', target_type: 'mix' }); } window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({flush: true}); var disqus_shortname = "patchmedia"; var disqus_identifier = "27407413"; var disqus_title = "GOP Tax Overhaul: How Georgia Homeowners Will Be Affected"; var disqus_url = "https://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/gop-tax-overhaul-how-georgia-homeowners-will-be-affected"; jQuery(document).ready(function() { jQuery('#show-disqus, .btn-comment-now').on('click', function(event){ jQuery.ajax({ type: "GET", url: "https://patchmedia.disqus.com/embed.js", dataType: "script", cache: true }); jQuery('#comments-guidelines').show(); event.target.id !== 'show-disqus' && jQuery('html, body').animate({ scrollTop: jQuery('#disqus_thread').offset().top - 220 }, 1000); jQuery('#show-disqus').slideUp(); return false; }); location.hash === '#comments' && jQuery('#show-disqus').click(); }); Show Comments Patch Community Guidelines Patch welcomes contributions and comments from our usersWe strive for civil, enlightened discussions on Patch stories and local issuesPlease abide by our posting standards: Be civil No profanity No personal attacks or insults Stay on topic Users who violate our posting rules will have their comments blocked or deletedUsers who flagrantly violate our standards can be banned at the moderator's discretion. × What are Featured Events? 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