How House Bill 87/SB 152 will Delay the Recovery of the Housing Market

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley recently proposed a budget (Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2012) that, if passed, would itemize deductions, including mortgage deduction and the deduction for property taxes. These two items account for 70% of the itemized deductions Marylanders take off their state tax returns.

More than 1 million Marylanders took advantage of the mortgage-interest deduction in 2008 (the last year figures were available).

According to the Maryland Association of REALTORS Action Alert about the reduction in tax deduction,

“Under the proposal, if a Maryland taxpayer’s federal adjusted gross income exceeds $100,000; single taxpayer’s itemized deductions would decrease by 10% when calculating Maryland taxable income – that’s an INCREASE in your Maryland taxable base! Taxpayers with adjusted gross income over $200,000 would see their deductions decrease by 20%!”

What This Means

  • House bill 87/SB 152 would make Maryland the first state to reduce the mortgage interest deduction.
  • Despite low interest rates and low home prices, potential Maryland homebuyers are still not buying homes.
  • House bill 87/SB 152 could potentially deter some potential homeowners, further delaying real estate recovery in Maryland.

Senate Bill 152 is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Budget and Taxation committee on Wednesday, February 29. The companion bill, House Bill 87, is scheduled to be heard by the House Appropriations committee on Thursday, March 1.

In response to the proposed bill, the Maryland Association of Realtors organized a rally outside the General Assembly. The rally was expected to draw over 400 people.

If you have any questions, please contact the Maryland real estate insurance experts at Colony Title Associates by calling 410 884-1160 or visit ColonyTitle.com today!

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Sources:

House Bill 87/SB 152

Maryland Realtors to Protest O-Malley Mortgage Deduction Proposal

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