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How much of my home mortgage interest is deductible?

Generally, interest on "acquisition debt" is deductible as long as the debt doesn't exceed for $1 million ($500,000 if you are married filing separately.) Acquisition debt is debt that is used to buy, build, or improve your home. Acquisition debt is a type of qualified home mortgage interest.

Interest on a mortgage secured by a second home is also deductible, but the total debt from first and second homes combined should not exceed the $ 1 million / $500,000 MFS limits.

These limits were considered sky high, and we almost never needed to worry about them. But now the real estate prices has risen so much, million-dollar mortgages are not rare anymore. So you do want to watch out for these limits.

Another type of qualified home mortgage interest is home-equity debt.

For more information, refer to IRS Publication 936, Home Mortgage Interest Deduction, and IRS Tax Topic 504, Home Mortgage Points.

Related topic:

  Are Points Paid for Home Mortgage Refinance Deductible?


  IRS Tax Topic 505, Interest Expense.


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