Qualified Residence Interest

Qualified Residence Interest

The interest one pays on the mortgage for one's qualified residence, which is one's primary residence. In the United States, one may take a tax deduction on qualified residence interest. That is, one may reduce one's taxable income by the amount one pays in interest on all eligible mortgages. There are some limits to the deduction: for example, one may only deduct interest on the first $1,000,000 worth of mortgages, aggregated with other home debt. However, most homeowners can deduct all of their mortgage interest.
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When the mortgage exceeds the SI million debt limit, the 1RS concluded that the amount of qualified residence interest for each taxpayer is determined by multiplying the amount of interest paid by the taxpayer by a fraction, the numerator of which is $1 million and the denominator of which is the average mortgage debt outstanding during the year.
163(h)(3) treatment of mortgage insurance premiums as qualified residence interest, which permits a taxpayer whose income is below certain thresholds to deduct the cost of premiums on mortgage insurance purchased in connection with acquisition indebtedness on the taxpayer's principal residence.
These amounts continue to be treated as qualified residence interest under another extension (IRC section 163), but the deduction phases out for taxpayers with AGI from $100,000 to $109,000 for joint filers (half these amounts for married taxpayers filing separately).
Extension of mortgage insurance premiums treated as qualified residence interest.
For 2013, the provision allowing the discharge of a qualified principal residence debt to be excluded from income (up to $2 million) is available, as is the provision allowing mortgage insurance premiums to be deducted as qualified residence interest.
Special rules limit the deduction of personal interest (see Q 7923), qualified residence interest (see Q 7924), investment interest (see Q 7925), student loan interest (see Q 7930) and interest subject to the passive loss rules (see Q 7913, Q 7914).
For example, investment interest is generally deductible only to the extent of investment income, qualified residence interest is generally deductible in full, trade or business interest is generally deductible as a business expense, and personal interest is not deductible at all (except student loan interest; see page 378).
the total amount of acquisition debt that can give rise to qualified residence interest is $1 million .
You even can finance the acquisition of additional land, adjacent to your home, and deduct the interest as qualified residence interest.
Mortgage interest must meet the definition of qualified residence interest [Sec.
Taxpayers may itemize, for regular income tax purposes, qualified residence interest on up to two residences with acquisition indebtedness up to $1 million and home equity indebtedness up to $100,000.
Special rules limit the deduction of personal interest (see Q 1302), qualified residence interest (see Q 1303), investment interest (see Q 1304), student loan interest (see Q 1309) and interest subject to the passive loss rule (see Q 1292, Q 1293).
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