How “Mortgage Interest Deduction” Works?

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You can reduce your taxes with the mortgage interest deduction, the amount that has been paid as mortgage interest. Therefore, you should be keeping records of mortgage interest you are paying. Taxpayers can deduct the interest on the first $1 million of the mortgage debt for your home or maybe second home. The home that you have bought should have bought after 15th December 2017. Taxpayers can deduct the interest paid in a year on first $750000.

Let us understand with an example, suppose you received $10,000,00 mortgage to purchase a home in 2018, and you paid $35000 in interest during the fiscal year 2019. You can deduct all the interest of $35000 of that mortgaged interest on a tax return.

Mortgage interest

It may be the biggest tax deduction for the taxpayers and house owners. The part of each mortgage payment has an interest that applies to the loan. Up to some limit, you may deduct the interest paid as mortgage interest. The limit depends on when having you taken the mortgage.

This is usually the biggest tax deduction for homeowners who itemize. A portion of every mortgage payment goes toward interest on the loan. You can deduct the interest you paid up to a limit, which depends on when you took out the mortgage.

The lender sends out the statement every year that shows the total interest that you have paid in that particular year.

How to qualify for Mortgage Interest Deduction


Here is the list that qualifies the mortgage interest deduction for 2020 in brief:

Interest on Mortgage for the primary home:

  • The property can fall in the category of a house, an apartment, co-op, a mobile home, a houseboat, a house trailer or a condo.
  • The house should be collateral for a loan.
  • There must be cooking, sleeping and toilet facilities in the house.
  • You may be a military man who has got a non-taxable housing allowance through the military.
  • A mortgage that you may have got to purchase the house from your ex-spouse after the divorce.

Mortgage tax deductions for homeowners for a second home

  • You need not use the house during the fiscal year.
  • The house should be collateral for a loan.
  • You may have given the second house on rent, you must have to be there for 10% of the total days you have rented the house.

Points paid on the mortgage

  • Points could be understood as the form of the interest that is prepaid on the loan. You can deduct the points slowly or in one time if you meet all of the following requirements.:
  • The mortgage should be for the primary house
  • Paying of the points should be a recognized practice in your area
  • The points should not be too high
  • The points shouldn’t be the closing cost
  • Your down payment should be higher to that of the points
  • The points must be computed as a percent of the loan.
  • Points should be on the settlement statement.
  • A taxpayer can use the cash method to do taxes


What is not deductible under mortgage interest deduction?

  • The insurance premiums of house owners
  • The extra payment as principal that taxpayers made on his mortgage
  • Title Insurance
  • Settlement costs
  • Down payments and other deposits
  • Interest on a reverse mortgage
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