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Generally, deductible closing costs are those for interest, certain mortgage points and deductible real estate taxes.

Many other settlement fees and closing costs for buying the property become additions to your basis in the property and part of your depreciation deduction, including:

  • Abstract fees
  • Charges for installing utility services
  • Legal fees
  • Recording fees
  • Surveys
  • Transfer taxes
  • Title insurance
  • Any amounts the seller owes that you agree to pay (such as back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, sales commissions and charges for improvements or repairs).

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In general, you can deduct mortgage insurance premiums in the year paid. However, if you prepay the premiums for more than one year in advance, for each year of coverage you can deduct only the part of the premium payment that will apply to that year. Report the deduction on line 9 of Schedule E (Form 1040 or 1040-SR), Supplemental Income and Loss.

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