Limitations on Home Mortgage Interest Deductions

The IRS reminds taxpayers that interest deductions on home mortgages are limited, including limitations for home acquisition and home equity indebtedness.

There is one limit for loans used to buy, build, or substantially improve a residence — called home acquisition debt. There is another limit for loans secured by a qualified residence but used for other purposes — called home equity debt. Internal Revenue Code Section 163(h) (3) provides guidance for the limitations on the home mortgage interest deduction.

The law allows taxpayers to deduct interest on two categories of indebtedness secured by their residences. Acquisition indebtedness is used to acquire, construct, or substantially improve a residence, and cannot exceed $1,000,000. Home equity indebtedness is any debt other than acquisition indebtedness and cannot exceed $100,000.

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