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FAQ Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction
Mortgage Interest can be qualified as a Tax Deduction for the qualified home and mortgage. In fact, Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction remains a huge tax breaks for homeowners. Here are the common questions and answers. Internal Revenue Services (IRS) updates the tax laws and regulations every year. Be sure to keep with the current tax laws.
How to claim mortgage interest tax deduction?
The Lender sends the Form 1098 every year. In the form 1098, you can see how much mortgage interest paid. From the form 1098, you transfer the amount to Schedule A Form 1040 of income tax form.
What is secured debt?
A home acquisition that uses mortgage, deed of trust, or land contract is a secured debt. It provides a way for repayment in case of default, establishes the ownership of the home, and records the transaction under the local state of law.
How to distinguish a qualified home?
Any property that has sleeping, cooking, and toilet facility includes house, condominium, cooperative, mobile home, house trailer, or boat. Plus, the home must be first and second home of the homeowner.
Can I deduct mortgage interest for rented out second home?
Yes, you may deduct as long as you use the home more than 14 days or 10% of the calendar year.
Am I allowed to several second home?
If you have more than one second home, you can only use one second home for tax deduction. IRS does not limit which second home to choose. In case of new home purchases, main home disqualifies, and second home sells, you may choose another home as your second home.
What if I rented out part of the home?
You may treat the home as residential if you meet the following. First, the tenant use the rented part as primarily for residential. Next, the rented part does not have separate cooking, sleeping, and toilet facilities.
Does a home under construction consider as a qualified home?
You may consider a home under construction as a qualified home if the home is ready for occupancy in 24 months. The 24 months can start on or after the construction begins.
How about deducting a destroyed home?
In case the home was destroyed by fire, storm, tornado, earthquake, or other casualty, you can continue to deduct mortgage interest. However, you must rebuild the home, or sell the land.
Do I lose my deduction on refinanced of Grandfathered Debt?
No, it is still considers as Grandfathered Debt after your refinance the mortgage.
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