Are you planning to buy a new home? Are you thinking of refinancing your mortgage? Or taking out a home equity line of credit? If you answered “yes” to all the questions, then it’s important for you to know the new tax law regarding mortgage interest deduction.
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Here are seven things you need to know about the new mortgage interest deduction:
- Effective date – any loan started after 12/15/17.
- New 2018 tax law – you can deduct interest for up to $750,000 in new mortgage debt for your first and second home. Under prior law, you can deduct mortgage interest on $1 million of home debt and $100,000 of home equity debt.
- Couples filing separately – each spouse can claim $375,000 in mortgage interest deductions.
- Grandfathered debt – any mortgage loan you entered before 12/15/17 will allow you to claim interest up to the $1 million ($500K for married couples filing separately) for your first and second home.
- Mortgage refinancing – you can deduct your mortgage interest if you refinance your mortgage debt up to $1 million on or before 12/15/17. But the new loan can’t exceed the amount of the current mortgage being refinanced. Example – If you have a $1 million mortgage and you paid it down to $700,000, then you can refinance it up to $700,000 of debt and continue to deduct interest on it. If you refinance it for $900,000 and you use $200,000 of cash to upgrade your home, then you could also deduct the interest on $900,000. But if you refinance for $900,000 and simply pockets $200,000 of cash, then you could deduct interest only on the $700,000 of refinancing.
- Home equity line of credit (HELOC) debt – interest on a HELOC is only deductible if the loan proceeds are used to make substantial improvements to your home, and the combined total of the first mortgage and home-equity line of credit or second mortgage does not exceed $750,000.
- State conformity – determine if your resident state agrees with the federal law. For example, in California, you can still deduct mortgage interest on $1 million of home debt and $100,000 of home equity line of credit (HELOC) debt.
There you have it. Those are the seven things you need to know about the new mortgage interest deduction.
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