An interest paid in advance of the time it is earned, as with discount points. Prepaid interest is not tax deductible unless all the following specific requirements are met:
1. The loan is secured by the taxpayer's primary residence.
2. Paying discount points is an established business practice in the area.
3. The points paid were not more than customarily charged in the area.
4. The taxpayer uses the cash method of accounting.
5. The points were not a substitute for normally itemized expenses such as the appraisal fee, survey fee, property taxes, and attorneys' fees.
6. The funds provided at closing by the buyer and by the seller, if applicable, were at least equal to the points (in other words, you didn't roll the points into the loan).
7. The loan is used to buy or build the primary residence.
8. The points were computed as a percentage of the loan.
9. The settlement statement (HUD-1) clearly shows the item as points.