Submitted By: Cathy
Answered: June 4, 2013 8:30 am

I recently received a refund of property taxes that I paid in 2008. Do I have to report this as income now? Do I have to amend my 2008 return?

Whether the tax refund is taxable to you depends on whether you itemized deductions in the year you paid the property tax or relied on the standard deduction. If you took the standard deduction, the refund is not taxable to you. If you itemized, you have to determine the extent to which the deduction for the property tax payment reduced your taxes; some or all of the refund may be taxable now (on the return for the year in which the refund was received). You don’t have to amend your 2008 return.

Tax Glossary

Accrual method of accounting

A business method of accounting requiring income to be reported when earned and expenses to be deducted when incurred. However, deductions generally may not be claimed until economic performance has occurred.

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