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My wife and I bought a house at the beginning of this year

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Customer: My wife and I bought a house at the beginning of this year (2016). I put down our Earnest Money Deposit of $8500 in December though and was wondering if that is Tax Deductable?
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 10 months ago.

Earnest Money Deposit is fully refundable or it is applied top your purchase price as in your situation - but that amount may not be deducted on your tax return. Sorry if you expected differently.

Expert:  Lev replied 9 months ago.

That is not a payment - but should demonstrate good faith in your intention to complete the purchase transaction.

You will be able to deduct real estate taxes and mortgage interest on your 2016 tax return.

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Expert:  Anne replied 9 months ago.

HI

I'm Anne. I've been preparing taxes for 27 years and I have a different answer for you.

The earnest money that you put down on a home is generally NOT refundable. This money is used towards closing costs, and becomes part of the cost basis in your home.

If the deal falls through, you might receive a small portion of the earnest money back, but most of it remains in escrow, until you find another home. Please see below for more in depth information.

http://www.realtor.com/advice/finance/understanding-the-earnest-money-deposit-2/

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