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A residence other than the owner's primary residence that is used for vacations or other recreational purposes. A vacation home is often rented to tenants during times when the owner is not using it. For example, if a person in Connecticut owns a winter home in Florida, this is a vacation home and may be rented to other persons during the summer. Different tax rules apply for how much interest can be deducted and how much rental income can be declared, depending on how often the owner uses the vacation home, how often it is rented, and how often it is unoccupied.
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vacation homeA second home used for recreational purposes. Mortgages for vacation homes generally have higher interest rates than those for primary residences because, if there is any economic difficulty, the property owner is more likely to stop making payments on a vacation home than on a primary residence.Vacation home mortgage interest is deductible the same as for a primary residence, but under current tax law there is a $1,000,000 cap on the amount of debt generating deductible interest.The sale of a principal residence will not result in current income taxes if the gain is less than $250,000 for single persons or $500,000 for married people, but this exclusion does not apply to vacation homes. If the vacation home is used for rental income, there are limitations on your personal usage if you want to deduct rental expenses, including depreciation.
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