Tax Strategy on How to Deduct Interest

Are you planning to take out money from your home to start a business, buy a rental, or fund other investments? If you answered “yes”, do you know that you cannot deduct the interest portion as part of your home mortgage interest? So, what do you do then?

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With the complete loss of the home equity line of credit debt (HELOC) and the reduction in mortgage debt for tax year 2018, you have to structure your loan by using the “interest tracing” rule. Interest tracing will allow you to deduct the interest portion of the loan proceeds that you used from your home mortgage debt to start your business or fund other investments.

Here are three things you need to know about “interest tracing”:

  • Open a separate account – make sure you deposit the loan proceeds directly to a new business or investment account to avoid commingling the funds with the money on an existing account.
  • Allocate the interest – if you are using the loan for more than one type of business or investment, make an allocation to determine the interest for each proceeds that you use.
  • Making the election – you need to make the election by April 15 or October 15 extension date of next year, in which the election is effective, by deducting the interest on the applicable line of your tax return. An election statement is not required. However, I would recommend attaching a statement to your tax return anyways.

There you have it. Those are the three things you need to know about the new mortgage interest deduction.

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