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Is mortgage interest tax deductible?

I'm not really that good with financial stuff, but I've got my home. Can I deduct the interest on the mortgage from my taxes?

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Timpani Treat, Member

The short answer is “yes”, mortgage interest is tax deductible from your total taxable income, but only if the mortgage interest and other itemized deductions go higher than the standard deduction on your federal income tax form. Confused? Let me explain better.

The standard deduction for couples for 2013 on federal forms was 12,200 or 6,100 for single filers. So, for instance if you had no other deductions to add to your itemized deductions form (or forms), you would have to have over 12,200 or 6,100 in mortgage interest to even begin to deduct your mortgage interest from your taxable income. However, many people have other things they can deduct that add to their itemized deductions that will get them higher than the standard deduction. Did you give to charity? Great, you can add that to your itemized deductions list. Property taxes, continuing education credit, job related expenses, and other itemized deductions also might make it worth it to itemize your deductions (including mortgage interest).

If however you have no other itemized deductions and your mortgage interest does not go above 12,200 or 6,100 (whether married or single), then you are not really going to be able to deduct your...

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Miranda Marquit, Member

One of the ways that the government, since 1913, has encouraged home ownership is with the help of the mortgage interest tax deduction. This is an itemized deduction listed on Schedule A of your Form 1040. Beginning with homes bought or built after October 13, 1987, there are limits to how much you can deduct, as well as a phase out of the deduction.

Right now, you can only deduct your mortgage interest on debt up $1 million (total) on first and second homes for those who are married filing jointly. For those married filing separately and those filing single, the limit is $500,000. It’s also possible to deduct the interest on home equity loans of up to $100,000 ($50,000 for those not filing jointly).

On top of the debt limits associated with the mortgage interest tax deduction, there is also a phase out.   If you have an adjusted gross income of more than $166,800, your deduction will begin to phase out. For every $100 of income you have above the threshold, you lose $3 (or 3%) of your itemized deduction, multiplied by 33.3%. The maximum loss is 80% of your itemized deductions. If you make $266,800 a year, and...

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