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Data Shows State-by-State Impacts of MID on Middle Class

As debate over tax reform ramps up in Congress, NAHB is emphasizing the critical importance of the mortgage interest deduction (MID) to American families nationwide, and the many reasons that lawmakers should leave this key homeownership incentive intact.

To help further NAHB’s efforts in this direction, our economists recently took a look at IRS data that helps illustrate the importance of the MID to the middle class in individual states across the country. It’s understandable that MID claims will vary across different states, depending on such factors as house prices and other costs of living, household incomes and tax items such as property taxes or state income/sales taxes – all of which help determine whether a home owner claims the standard deduction. And indeed, the IRS data shows that the share of taxpayers who both claimed the MID on their 2010 federal income tax return and reported less than $200,000 in adjusted gross income was somewhat smaller in high cost states such as New York and California, where incomes tend to be higher. Even so, compared to the 91% of taxpayers nationwide who had adjusted gross incomes of less than $200,000 and claimed the MID in 2010, states with the lowest percentage of such taxpayers were still in the 87%-and-above range.

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April Webinars Spotlight Green Building/Green Remodeling

2012 NGBS: An Overview of What’s New
April 3, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET

In its first four years, the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) has been transforming the residential marketplace by providing single- and multifamily builders, remodelers and land developers with ANSI-approved guidance on going green. The 2012 version of the NGBS promises to have an even greater impact. This webinar will look in-depth at the changes that affect the single-family portion of the rating system.

Speakers: Vladimir Kochkin, director of applied engineering, Home Innovation Research Labs; Matt Belcher, Verdatek Solutions, LLC

Presented by NAHBGreen


Building Green with Structural Insulated Panels
April 10, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET

Energy conservation plays a major role in designing and building sustainable homes. Builders can achieve the most energy savings through a high-performance building envelope, such as structural insulated panels (SIPs). SIPs are an advanced prefab building system allowing builders to meet the energy, resource efficiency and indoor air quality metrics of today’s green building rating systems at less cost. This webinar covers the basics of SIP construction’s sustainable attributes, such as thermal performance, resource efficiency and life-cycle analysis.

Speakers: Frank Baker, director, PFB Corp/Insulspan; Bill Wachtler, director, Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA)

Presented by NAHB Building Systems Councils


2012 National Green Building Standard: Remodeling Provision Defined
April 17, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET

The 2012 edition of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) includes expanded options exclusively for remodelers to certify bath, kitchen and basement remodels and additions as well as whole-house remodels. In this session, the speakers will discuss the ins and outs for certifying remodels. The speakers will also explain how the NGBS’s new streamlined format will be simpler for remodelers and home owners to understand and use.

Speakers: Michelle Desiderio, Home Innovation Research Labs; Paul Sullivan, CGR, CAPS, CGP, The Sullivan Company, Inc.

Presented by NAHB Remodelers

Today’s House Design Photo is that of Archival Designs’ Aspen Creek.


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