Category Archives: Mortgage Interest

Double Mortgage Deduction

Today TaxMama hears from CL in the TaxQuips Forum, who is upset. “We rented out our home and I used TurboTax for our taxes. Due to the questions posed on TurboTax, i.e., “Do you own a home?”  “What is your mortgage interest?” Then moving on in Turbotax in Rental Properties, the question is asked again […]

Ten Facts for Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

Courtesy of IRS If your mortgage debt is partly or entirely forgiven during tax years 2007 through 2012, you may be able to claim special tax relief and exclude the debt forgiven from your income. Here are 10 facts the IRS wants you to know about Mortgage Debt Forgiveness.

Boat Mortgage

Today TaxMama hears from Mark in the TaxQuips Forum, who’s doing well.“ If I purchase a cruiser with a kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and 2 bedrooms, does it qualify as a second house? May I deduct interest paid on the boat as mortgage interest? Several boat dealers say “yes” (of course, but they do not have […]

Two Mortgages

Today TaxMama hears from Seth in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question. “In order to qualify for my mortgage in 2009, I needed to put down 20% of the purchase price of my house.  I only had 5% to put down.  Therefore, I got another loan to cover the remaining 15% that I needed to […]

Kids with No Credit

Today TaxMama hears from Taylor in the TaxQuips Forum, with a common dilemma.  “My clients just moved back from Australia. They don’t have any credit established in USA.  I recommended that Mom purchase the home with the mortgage loan will be in her name only.  She can add the kids to the title.  The kids […]

Limits on Millionaires

Today TaxMama hears from George in the TaxQuips Forum, with an interesting question. George asks, “Has there been any further guidance on the IRS Memo # 200911007 (dated 11/24/2008; released 3/13/2009) relative to applying the $1 million limit per property as opposed to per taxpayer with respect to mortgage interest deductions?  This become a big […]

Mortgage Interest Paid

Today TaxMama hears from Christie who is facing an IRS audit. She says, “The IRS is saying I owe tons of money due to me not proving that my mortgage expense on my interest-only loan for the house I live in was indeed an interest expense. They say I have not proved that I paid […]

Time to Refinance

Today TaxMama hears from Al  Tompkins at Poynter.org . Al says, “I generally don’t get too excited about little movements in interest or mortgage rates, but they are moving into record-low territory. It could truly be worth considering refinancing if you are going to stay in your home awhile.”

Excess Rental Expenses

Today TaxMama hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum, who tells us. “I have more rental expenses than income, so there’s a loss of $20,000. But I can’t use it to offset any of our income.  Can I take the property tax and the mortgage interest that were on my rental house and add it to […]

Two Properties

Today TaxMama hears from Stephanie from Minnesota, who tells us. “My husband and I own two homes.  My sister is currently renting our first home from us and we live in the 2nd home.  Can we claim both homes’ interest on our taxes?  Does my sister qualify for a renters credit if we claim both […]