Interesting Fact on Tax Treatment of Housing

December 5, 2007

As the mortgage “crisis” continues to garner attention from policymakers seeking to do something to help out homeowners including possible use of the tax code, here’s an interesting fact to remember for those complaining about federal policies towards housing courtesy of CBO:

Effective Tax Rate on Capital Income = 13.8 percent

Effective Tax Rate on Capital Income Derived from Owner-Occupied Housing = 5.1 percent

Yes, that’s a negative effective tax rate. For a good commentary on a recent proposal from the Treasury Department to have the tax code enter the bailout discussion, read this from Howard Gleckman of the Urban Institute.

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