Tag Archives: Home mortgage interest deduction

The Mortgage Deduction

Today TaxMama® reads the Tax Prof Blog’s notes about who benefits from the mortgage deduction. According to an analysis reported in the NY Times, only 30% of Americans really benefit from this deduction. They are essentially in the “upper-middle and upper-income households.” Doesn’t that make you feel rich? What is the reality?  

Interest on Multiple Homes

Today TaxMama hears from Karen in the Tax Quips Forum, with a complex problem. “Her client owns three homes: A primary home, a vacation home and a home for Mom. They bought the vacation home with a mortgage. After paying cash for their residence, they refinanced it buy Mom’s home. The question is – can […]

Home Office or Rent

Today TaxMama hears from Leslie in the TaxQuips Forum, who is quite clever. “I am helping a friend out with her business.  She currently takes a deduction for having a home office for the company that she runs out of her home. Would it benefit her more to charge the company rent?  I know she […]

Two Friends own House

Today TaxMama hears from Bill in New Jersey, with this story. “ I am living with my girlfriend. We both work and bought a house together in July of 2008. We can both use the mortgage interest write offs on our taxes. Is it possible to simply take the total interest we paid last year […]

Standard Office in Home Deduction Proposed

Simplifying the deduction for small businesses with an office in the home is one of SBA’s Office of Advocacy 2008 Top 10 Rules for Review and Reform. The Top 10 are drawn from over 80 rules nominated by small business owners and representatives as part of the SBA’s Regulatory Review and Reform initiative. Submitted by […]

Generous Contribution

Today TaxMama hears from Bob in CT, who tells us. “I arranged a grant for $40,000 for a 501©(3) organization. Normally I require a finder’s fee of 20%. This time, I did not charge a fee to this organization, and essentially gave it back. Is the $8,000 I actually donated by not taking it, a […]