Urban Institute Weighs in on the Rent vs. Own Under New Tax Bill

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While recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit the take-home pay of most Americans, and allow them to save up to buy a home if they wish, other factors will offset that benefit . This will make renting look more attractive than homeownership to many. Two analysts, Laurie Goodman and Edward Golding, writing for the Urban Institute (UI) looked at the potential impact of the new law and constructed a matrix showing how changes will affect families in various income groups. Their calculations take into account that the increased standard deduction will mean fewer taxpayers will itemize and the lower rate will mean smaller benefits for those who do. UI profiled four families, each with three members, and earning $50,000, $75,000, $150,000, and $300,000 a year. Each buys a home valued at…(read more)

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