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					             Publication 936
             Cat. No. 10426G                      Contents
Department                                        Reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              1
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Treasury     Home                                 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             1

Internal
Revenue
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             Mortgage                             Part I. Home Mortgage Interest . . .
                                                      Secured Debt . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                                      Qualified Home . . . . . . . . . . . .
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             Interest                                 Special Situations . . . . . . . . . .
                                                      Points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                                      Mortgage Interest Statement . . .
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             Deduction                                How To Report . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                                      Special Rule for Tenant-
                                                           Stockholders in Cooperative
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                                                           Housing Corporations . . . . .            ....            7

             For use in preparing                 Part II. Limits on Home Mortgage
                                                      Interest Deduction . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   . 8

             2005 Returns                             Home Acquisition Debt . . . . . .
                                                      Home Equity Debt . . . . . . . . .
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                                                      Grandfathered Debt . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   . 10
                                                      Table 1 Instructions . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   . 10

                                                  How To Get Tax Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

                                                  Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14




                                                  Reminders
                                                  Personal interest. Personal interest is not de-
                                                  ductible. Examples of personal interest include
                                                  interest on a loan to purchase an automobile for
                                                  personal use and credit card and installment
                                                  interest incurred for personal expenses.
                                                      But you may be able to deduct interest you
                                                  pay on a qualified student loan. For details, see
                                                  Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education.

                                                  Limit on itemized deductions. Certain item-
                                                  ized deductions (including home mortgage inter-
                                                  est) are limited if your adjusted gross income is
                                                  more than $145,950 ($72,975 if you are married
                                                  filing separately). For more information, see the
                                                  instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040).

                                                  Photographs of missing children. The Inter-
                                                  nal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the
                                                  National Center for Missing and Exploited Chil-
                                                  dren. Photographs of missing children selected
                                                  by the Center may appear in this publication on
                                                  pages that would otherwise be blank. You can
                                                  help bring these children home by looking at the
                                                  photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST
                                                  (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child.




                                                  Introduction
                                                  This publication discusses the rules for deduct-
                                                  ing home mortgage interest.
                                                      Part I contains general information on home
                                                  mortgage interest, including points. It also ex-
                Get forms and other information   plains how to report deductible interest on your
                                                  tax return.
                faster and easier by:                 Part II explains how your deduction for home

                Internet • www.irs.gov
                                                  mortgage interest may be limited. It contains
                                                  Table 1, which is a worksheet you may use to
                                                  figure the limit on your deduction.
Comments and suggestions. We welcome                      debtor-creditor relationship between you          Debt not secured by home. A debt is not
your comments about this publication and your             and the lender.                                   secured by your home if it is secured solely
suggestions for future editions.                                                                            because of a lien on your general assets or if it is
                                                       • The mortgage must be a secured debt on             a security interest that attaches to the property
   You can write to us at the following address:
                                                          a qualified home. “Secured debt” and
                                                                                                            without your consent (such as a mechanic’s lien
                                                          “qualified home” are explained later.
    Internal Revenue Service                                                                                or judgment lien).
    Individual Forms and Publications Branch                                                                    A debt is not secured by your home if it once
    SE:W:CAR:MP:T:I                                  Fully deductible interest. In most cases, you          was, but is no longer secured by your home.
    1111 Constitution Ave. NW, IR-6406               will be able to deduct all of your home mortgage
                                                                                                              Wraparound mortgage. This is not a se-
    Washington, DC 20224                             interest. Whether it is all deductible depends on
                                                                                                            cured debt unless it is recorded or otherwise
                                                     the date you took out the mortgage, the amount
                                                                                                            perfected under state law.
                                                     of the mortgage, and your use of its proceeds.
    We respond to many letters by telephone.
Therefore, it would be helpful if you would in-          If all of your mortgages fit into one or more of     Example. Beth owns a home subject to a
clude your daytime phone number, including the       the following three categories at all times during     mortgage of $40,000. She sells the home for
area code, in your correspondence.                   the year, you can deduct all of the interest on        $100,000 to John, who takes it subject to the
    You can email us at *taxforms@irs.gov. (The      those mortgages. (If any one mortgage fits into        $40,000 mortgage. Beth continues to make the
asterisk must be included in the address.)           more than one category, add the debt that fits in      payments on the $40,000 note. John pays
Please put “Publications Comment” on the sub-        each category to your other debt in the same           $10,000 down and gives Beth a $90,000 note
ject line. Although we cannot respond individu-      category.) If one or more of your mortgages            secured by a wraparound mortgage on the
ally to each email, we do appreciate your            does not fit into any of these categories, use Part    home. Beth does not record or otherwise perfect
feedback and will consider your comments as          II of this publication to figure the amount of         the $90,000 mortgage under the state law that
we revise our tax products.                          interest you can deduct.                               applies. Therefore, that mortgage is not a se-
                                                         The three categories are as follows.               cured debt, and the interest John pays on it is
   Tax questions. If you have a tax question,
                                                                                                            not deductible as home mortgage interest.
visit www.irs.gov or call 1-800-829-1040. We          1. Mortgages you took out on or before Octo-
cannot answer tax questions at either of the             ber 13, 1987 (called grandfathered debt).          Choice to treat the debt as not secured by
addresses listed above.                                                                                     your home. You can choose to treat any debt
                                                      2. Mortgages you took out after October 13,           secured by your qualified home as not secured
  Ordering forms and publications. Visit                 1987, to buy, build, or improve your home
www.irs.gov/formspubs to download forms and                                                                 by the home. This treatment begins with the tax
                                                         (called home acquisition debt), but only if        year for which you make the choice and contin-
publications, call 1-800-829-3676, or write to           throughout 2005 these mortgages plus any
one of the three addresses shown under How To                                                               ues for all later tax years. You may revoke your
                                                         grandfathered debt totaled $1 million or           choice only with the consent of the Internal Rev-
Get Tax Help in the back of this publication.            less ($500,000 or less if married filing sep-      enue Service (IRS).
                                                         arately).                                              You may want to treat a debt as not secured
Useful Items
You may want to see:                                  3. Mortgages you took out after October 13,           by your home if the interest on that debt is fully
                                                         1987, other than to buy, build, or improve         deductible (for example, as a business expense)
  Publication                                            your home (called home equity debt), but           whether or not it qualifies as home mortgage
                                                         only if throughout 2005 these mortgages            interest. This may allow you, if the limits in Part II
  ❏ 523    Selling Your Home                             totaled $100,000 or less ($50,000 or less if       apply to you, more of a deduction for interest on
  ❏ 527    Residential Rental Property                   married filing separately) and totaled no          other debts that are deductible only as home
                                                         more than the fair market value of your            mortgage interest.
  ❏ 530    Tax Information for First-Time                home reduced by (1) and (2).
           Homeowners                                                                                       Cooperative apartment owner. If you own
                                                     The dollar limits for the second and third catego-     stock in a cooperative housing corporation, see
  ❏ 535    Business Expenses                         ries apply to the combined mortgages on your           the Special Rule for Tenant-Stockholders in Co-
    See How To Get Tax Help, near the end of         main home and second home.                             operative Housing Corporations, near the end of
this publication, for information about getting          See Part II for more detailed definitions of       this Part I.
these publications.                                  grandfathered, home acquisition, and home eq-
                                                     uity debt.                                             Qualified Home
                                                         You can use Figure A to check whether your
                                                     home mortgage interest is fully deductible.            For you to take a home mortgage interest de-
Part I. Home                                                                                                duction, your debt must be secured by a quali-
                                                                                                            fied home. This means your main home or your
Mortgage Interest                                    Secured Debt                                           second home. A home includes a house, condo-
                                                     You can deduct your home mortgage interest             minium, cooperative, mobile home, house
This part explains what you can deduct as home       only if your mortgage is a secured debt. A se-         trailer, boat, or similar property that has sleep-
mortgage interest. It includes discussions on        cured debt is one in which you sign an instru-         ing, cooking, and toilet facilities.
points and on how to report deductible interest      ment (such as a mortgage, deed of trust, or land            The interest you pay on a mortgage on a
on your tax return.                                  contract) that:                                        home other than your main or second home may
     Generally, home mortgage interest is any                                                               be deductible if the proceeds of the loan were
interest you pay on a loan secured by your home        • Makes your ownership in a qualified home           used for business, investment, or other deducti-
(main home or a second home). The loan may                security for payment of the debt,                 ble purposes. Otherwise, it is considered per-
be a mortgage to buy your home, a second                                                                    sonal interest and is not deductible.
mortgage, a line of credit, or a home equity loan.
                                                       • Provides, in case of default, that your
                                                          home could satisfy the debt, and                  Main home. You can have only one main
    You can deduct home mortgage interest only
if you meet all the following conditions.              • Is recorded or is otherwise perfected              home at any one time. This is the home where
                                                          under any state or local law that applies.        you ordinarily live most of the time.
  • You must file Form 1040 and itemize de-
    ductions on Schedule A (Form 1040).                                                                     Second home. A second home is a home that
                                                        In other words, your mortgage is a secured
                                                                                                            you choose to treat as your second home.
  • You must be legally liable for the loan.         debt if you put your home up as collateral to
    You cannot deduct payments you make              protect the interests of the lender. If you cannot       Second home not rented out. If you have
    for someone else if you are not legally          pay the debt, your home can then serve as              a second home that you do not hold out for rent
    liable to make them. Both you and the            payment to the lender to satisfy (pay) the debt.       or resale to others at any time during the year,
    lender must intend that the loan be repaid.      In this publication, mortgage will refer to secured    you can treat it as a qualified home. You do not
    In addition, there must be a true                debt.                                                  have to use the home during the year.

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Figure A. Is My Home Mortgage Interest Fully Deductible?
(Instructions: Include balances of ALL mortgages secured by your main home and second home.)



             Start Here:



     Do you meet the conditions1 to deduct home                                   You cannot deduct the interest payments as home
                                                                   No
     mortgage interest?                                                           mortgage interest.4


                                     Yes



                                                                   Yes
     Were your total mortgage balances $100,000 or
                                                                                  Your home mortgage interest is fully deductible. You
     less2 ($50,000 or less if married filing separately) at
                                                                                  do not need to read Part II of this publication.
     all times during the year?

                                     No




     Were all of your home mortgages taken out on or                              Go to Part II of this publication to determine the
                                                                   Yes
     before 10-13-87?                                                             limits on your deductible home mortgage interest.


                                     No



     Were all of your home mortgages taken out after                              Were your grandfathered debt plus home acquisition
     10-13-87 used to buy, build, or improve the main                                                                   3
                                                                                  debt balances $1,000,000 or less ($500,000 or less
     home secured by that main home mortgage or used               No      Yes                                                                   No
                                                                                  if married filing separately) at all times during the
     to buy, build, or improve the second home secured
     by that second home mortgage, or both?                                       year?

                                     Yes

                                                                                                                   Yes

     Were the mortgage balances $1,000,000 or less                                Were your home equity debt balances $100,000 or
     ($500,000 or less if married filing separately) at all        No             less2 ($50,000 or less if married filing separately) at        No
     times during the year?                                                       all times during the year?

                                     Yes




1
  You must itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) and be legally liable for the loan. The loan must be a secured debt on a qualified home. See
Part I, Home Mortgage Interest.
2
  If all mortgages on your main or second home exceed the home’s fair market value, a lower limit may apply. See Home equity debt limit under Home
Equity Debt in Part II.
3
   Amounts over the $1,000,000 limit ($500,000 if married filing separately) qualify as home equity debt if they are not more than the total home equity debt
limit. See Part II of this publication for more information about grandfathered debt, home acquisition debt, and home equity debt.
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    See Table 2 for where to deduct other types of interest payments.

   Second home rented out. If you have a                   More than one second home. If you have                     as your second home as of the day you
second home and rent it out part of the year, you       more than one second home, you can treat only                 stop using it as your main home.
also must use it as a home during the year for it       one as the qualified second home during any
to be a qualified home. You must use this home          year. However, you can change the home you
                                                                                                                    • If your second home is sold during the
                                                                                                                      year or becomes your main home, you
more than 14 days or more than 10% of the               treat as a second home during the year in the
number of days during the year that the home is         following situations.                                         can choose a new second home as of the
rented at a fair rental, whichever is longer. If you                                                                  day you sell the old one or begin using it
do not use the home long enough, it is consid-             • If you get a new home during the year,                   as your main home.
ered rental property and not a second home. For               you can choose to treat the new home as
information on residential rental property, see               your second home as of the day you buy
                                                                                                                 Divided use of your home. The only part of
Publication 527.                                              it.
                                                                                                                 your home that is considered a qualified home is
                                                           • If your main home no longer qualifies as            the part you use for residential living. If you use
                                                              your main home, you can choose to treat it         part of your home for other than residential liv-

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ing, such as a home office, you must allocate the      requirement. To know whether you meet that             National Housing Act, part or all of the interest
use of your home. You must then divide both the        requirement, count your days of use and rental         on your mortgage may be paid for you. You
cost and fair market value of your home between        of the home only during the time you have a right      cannot deduct the interest that is paid for you.
the part that is a qualified home and the part that    to use it or to receive any benefits from the rental
                                                                                                                No other effect on taxes. Do not include
is not. Dividing the cost may affect the amount of     of it.
                                                                                                              these mortgage assistance payments in your
your home acquisition debt, which is limited to
                                                       Married taxpayers. If you are married and file         income. Also, do not use these payments to
the cost of your home plus the cost of any
                                                       a joint return, your qualified home(s) can be          reduce other deductions, such as real estate
improvements. (See Home Acquisition Debt in
                                                       owned either jointly or by only one spouse.            taxes.
Part II.) Dividing the fair market value may affect
your home equity debt limit, also explained in           Separate returns. If you are married filing          Divorced or separated individuals. If a di-
Part II.                                               separately and you and your spouse own more            vorce or separation agreement requires you or
   Renting out part of home. If you rent out           than one home, you can each take into account          your spouse or former spouse to pay home
part of a qualified home to another person (ten-       only one home as a qualified home. However, if         mortgage interest on a home owned by both of
ant), you can treat the rented part as being used      you both consent in writing, then one spouse           you, the payment of interest may be alimony.
by you for residential living only if all of the       can take both the main home and a second               See the discussion of Payments for
following conditions apply.                            home into account.                                     jointly-owned home under Alimony in Publica-
                                                                                                              tion 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals.
  • The rented part of your home is used by            Special Situations
     the tenant primarily for residential living.                                                             Redeemable ground rents. In some states
                                                                                                              (such as Maryland), you may buy your home
  • The rented part of your home is not a              This section describes certain items that can be
                                                                                                              subject to a ground rent. A ground rent is an
     self-contained residential unit having sep-       included as home mortgage interest and others
                                                       that cannot. It also describes certain special         obligation you assume to pay a fixed amount per
     arate sleeping, cooking, and toilet facili-                                                              year on the property. Under this arrangement,
     ties.                                             situations that may affect your deduction.
                                                                                                              you are leasing (rather than buying) the land on
  • You do not rent (directly or by sublease)          Late payment charge on mortgage payment.               which your home is located.
     the same or different parts of your home to       You can deduct as home mortgage interest a                 If you make annual or periodic rental pay-
     more than two tenants at any time during          late payment charge if it was not for a specific       ments on a redeemable ground rent, you can
     the tax year. If two persons (and depen-          service in connection with your mortgage loan.         deduct them as mortgage interest.
     dents of either) share the same sleeping                                                                     A ground rent is a redeemable ground rent if
                                                       Mortgage prepayment penalty. If you pay off
     quarters, they are treated as one tenant.                                                                all of the following are true.
                                                       your home mortgage early, you may have to pay
                                                       a penalty. You can deduct that penalty as home           • Your lease, including renewal periods, is
  Office in home. If you have an office in your        mortgage interest provided the penalty is not for           for more than 15 years.
home that you use in your business, see Publi-         a specific service performed or cost incurred in
cation 587, Business Use of Your Home. It ex-                                                                   • You can freely assign the lease.
                                                       connection with your mortgage loan.
plains how to figure your deduction for the                                                                     • You have a present or future right (under
business use of your home, which includes the          Sale of home. If you sell your home, you can                state or local law) to end the lease and
business part of your home mortgage interest.          deduct your home mortgage interest (subject to              buy the lessor’s entire interest in the land
                                                       any limits that apply) paid up to, but not includ-          by paying a specific amount.
Home under construction. You can treat a               ing, the date of the sale.
home under construction as a qualified home for                                                                 • The lessor’s interest in the land is primarily
a period of up to 24 months, but only if it be-          Example. John and Peggy Harris sold their                 a security interest to protect the rental
comes your qualified home at the time it is ready      home on May 7. Through April 30, they made                  payments to which he or she is entitled.
for occupancy.                                         home mortgage interest payments of $1,220.
    The 24-month period can start any time on or       The settlement sheet for the sale of the home            Payments made to end the lease and to buy
after the day construction begins.                     showed $50 interest for the 6-day period in May        the lessor’s entire interest in the land are not
Home destroyed. You may be able to con-                up to, but not including, the date of sale. Their      ground rents. You cannot deduct them.
tinue treating your home as a qualified home           mortgage interest deduction is $1,270 ($1,220 +
                                                                                                                Nonredeemable ground rent. Payments
even after it is destroyed in a fire, storm, tor-      $50).
                                                                                                              on a nonredeemable ground rent are not mort-
nado, earthquake, or other casualty. This means        Prepaid interest. If you pay interest in ad-           gage interest. You can deduct them as rent if
you can continue to deduct the interest you pay        vance for a period that goes beyond the end of         they are a business expense or if they are for
on your home mortgage, subject to the limits           the tax year, you must spread this interest over       rental property.
described in this publication.                         the tax years to which it applies. You can deduct
    You can continue treating a destroyed home                                                                Rental payments. If you live in a house before
                                                       in each year only the interest that qualifies as
as a qualified home if, within a reasonable pe-                                                               final settlement on the purchase, any payments
                                                       home mortgage interest for that year. However,
riod of time after the home is destroyed, you:                                                                you make for that period are rent and not inter-
                                                       there is an exception that applies to points, dis-
                                                                                                              est. This is true even if the settlement papers call
  • Rebuild the destroyed home and move                cussed later.
                                                                                                              them interest. You cannot deduct these pay-
     into it, or                                       Mortgage interest credit. You may be able to           ments as home mortgage interest.
  • Sell the land on which the home was lo-            claim a mortgage interest credit if you were
                                                                                                              Mortgage proceeds invested in tax-exempt
     cated.                                            issued a mortgage credit certificate (MCC) by a
                                                                                                              securities. You cannot deduct the home mort-
                                                       state or local government. Figure the credit on
                                                                                                              gage interest on grandfathered debt or home
  This rule applies to your main home and to a         Form 8396, Mortgage Interest Credit. If you take
                                                                                                              equity debt if you used the proceeds of the
second home that you treat as a qualified home.        this credit, you must reduce your mortgage inter-
                                                                                                              mortgage to buy securities or certificates that
                                                       est deduction by the amount of the credit.
Time-sharing arrangements. You can treat a                                                                    produce tax-free income. “Grandfathered debt”
                                                           See Form 8396 and Publication 530 for more
home you own under a time-sharing plan as a                                                                   and “home equity debt” are defined in Part II of
                                                       information on the mortgage interest credit.
qualified home if it meets all the requirements. A                                                            this publication.
time-sharing plan is an arrangement between            Ministers’ and military housing allowance.
                                                                                                              Refunds of interest. If you receive a refund of
two or more people that limits each person’s           If you are a minister or a member of the uni-
                                                                                                              interest in the same year you paid it, you must
interest in the home or right to use it to a certain   formed services and receive a housing allow-
                                                                                                              reduce your interest expense by the amount
part of the year.                                      ance that is not taxable, you can still deduct your
                                                                                                              refunded to you. If you receive a refund of inter-
                                                       home mortgage interest.
   Rental of time-share. If you rent out your                                                                 est you deducted in an earlier year, you gener-
time-share, it qualifies as a second home only if      Mortgage assistance payments. If you qual-             ally must include the refund in income in the year
you also use it as a home during the year. See         ify for mortgage assistance payments for               you receive it. However, you need to include it
Second home rented out, earlier, for the use           lower-income families under section 235 of the         only up to the amount of the deduction that

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reduced your tax in the earlier year. This is true         least as much as the points charged. The            months) × 6 payments] of the points in 2005.
whether the interest overcharge was refunded to            funds you provided do not have to have              The other point ($1,000) was a fee for services
you or was used to reduce the outstanding prin-            been applied to the points. They can in-            and is not deductible.
cipal on your mortgage. If you need to include             clude a down payment, an escrow deposit,
the refund in income, report it on Form 1040, line         earnest money, and other funds you paid                Example 2. The facts are the same as in
21.                                                        at or before closing for any purpose. You           Example 1, except that Bill used $25,000 of the
    If you received a refund of interest you over-         cannot have borrowed these funds from               loan proceeds to improve his home and $75,000
paid in an earlier year, you generally will receive        your lender or mortgage broker.                     to repay his existing mortgage. Bill deducts 25%
a Form 1098, Mortgage Interest Statement,                                                                      ($25,000 ÷ $100,000) of the points ($2,000) in
                                                        7. You use your loan to buy or build your
showing the refund in box 3. For information                                                                   2005. His deduction is $500 ($2,000 × 25%).
                                                           main home.
about Form 1098, see Mortgage Interest State-                                                                      Bill also deducts the ratable part of the re-
ment, later.                                            8. The points were computed as a percent-              maining $1,500 ($2,000 − $500) that must be
    For more information on how to treat refunds           age of the principal amount of the mort-            spread over the life of the loan. This is $50
of interest deducted in earlier years, see Recov-          gage.                                               [($1,500 ÷ 180 months) × 6 payments] in 2005.
eries in Publication 525, Taxable and Nontax-                                                                  The total amount Bill deducts in 2005 is $550
                                                        9. The amount is clearly shown on the settle-
able Income.                                                                                                   ($500 + $50).
                                                           ment statement (such as the Settlement
   Cooperative apartment owner. If you own                 Statement, Form HUD-1) as points                    Deduction allowed ratably. If you do not
a cooperative apartment, you must reduce your              charged for the mortgage. The points may            meet the tests above under Deduction allowed
home mortgage interest deduction by your                   be shown as paid from either your funds or          in year paid, the loan is not a home improvement
share of any cash portion of a patronage divi-             the seller’s.                                       loan, or you choose not to deduct your points in
dend that the cooperative receives. The patron-                                                                full in the year paid, you can deduct the points
age dividend is a partial refund to the                                                                        ratably (equally) over the life of the loan if you
                                                         Note. If you meet all of these tests, you can
cooperative housing corporation of mortgage in-                                                                meet all the following tests.
                                                       choose to either fully deduct the points in the
terest it paid in a prior year.
                                                       year paid, or deduct them over the life of the           1. You use the cash method of accounting.
    If you receive a Form 1098 from the coopera-
                                                       loan.                                                       This means you report income in the year
tive housing corporation, the form should show
only the amount you can deduct.                           Home improvement loan. You can also                      you receive it and deduct expenses in the
                                                       fully deduct in the year paid points paid on a loan         year you pay them. Most individuals use
                                                       to improve your main home, if tests (1) through             this method.
Points
                                                       (6) above are met.                                       2. Your loan is secured by a home. (The
The term “points” is used to describe certain                     Second home. You cannot fully de-                home does not need to be your main
charges paid, or treated as paid, by a borrower
to obtain a home mortgage. Points may also be
                                                          !
                                                        CAUTION
                                                                 duct in the year paid points you pay on
                                                                 loans secured by your second home.
                                                                                                                   home.)

called loan origination fees, maximum loan                                                                      3. Your loan period is not more than 30
                                                       You can deduct these points only over the life of           years.
charges, loan discount, or discount points.            the loan.
    A borrower is treated as paying any points                                                                  4. If your loan period is more than 10 years,
that a home seller pays for the borrower’s mort-       Refinancing. Generally, points you pay to                   the terms of your loan are the same as
gage. See Points paid by the seller, later.            refinance a mortgage are not deductible in full in          other loans offered in your area for the
                                                       the year you pay them. This is true even if the             same or longer period.
General rule. You generally cannot deduct
the full amount of points in the year paid. Be-        new mortgage is secured by your main home.
                                                                                                                5. Either your loan amount is $250,000 or
cause they are prepaid interest, you generally             However, if you use part of the refinanced              less, or the number of points is not more
deduct them ratably over the life (term) of the        mortgage proceeds to improve your main home                 than:
mortgage. See Deduction allowed ratably.               and you meet the first 6 tests listed under De-
   For exceptions to the general rule, see De-         duction allowed in year paid, earlier, you can              a. 4, if your loan period is 15 years or less,
duction allowed in year paid.                          fully deduct the part of the points related to the             or
                                                       improvement in the year you paid them with your
Deduction allowed in year paid. You can                                                                            b. 6, if your loan period is more than 15
                                                       own funds. You can deduct the rest of the points
fully deduct points in the year paid if you meet all                                                                  years.
                                                       over the life of the loan.
the following tests. (You can use Figure B as a
quick guide to see whether your points are fully          Example 1. In 1992, Bill Fields got a mort-
deductible in the year paid.)                                                                                    Example. You use the cash method of ac-
                                                       gage to buy a home. In 2005, Bill refinanced that
                                                                                                               counting. In 2005, you took out a $100,000 loan
                                                       mortgage with a 15-year $100,000 mortgage
 1. Your loan is secured by your main home.                                                                    payable over 20 years. The terms of the loan are
                                                       loan. The mortgage is secured by his home. To
    (Your main home is the one you ordinarily                                                                  the same as for other 20-year loans offered in
                                                       get the new loan, he had to pay three points
    live in most of the time.)                                                                                 your area. You paid $4,800 in points. You made
                                                       ($3,000). Two points ($2,000) were for prepaid
                                                                                                               3 monthly payments on the loan in 2005. You
 2. Paying points is an established business           interest, and one point ($1,000) was charged for
                                                                                                               can deduct $60 [($4,800 ÷ 240 months) x 3
    practice in the area where the loan was            services, in place of amounts that ordinarily are
                                                                                                               payments] in 2005. In 2006, if you make all
    made.                                              stated separately on the settlement statement.
                                                                                                               twelve payments, you will be able to deduct
                                                       Bill paid the points out of his private funds, rather
 3. The points paid were not more than the                                                                     $240 ($20 x 12).
                                                       than out of the proceeds of the new loan. The
    points generally charged in that area.             payment of points is an established practice in            Original issue discount. If you do not qual-
 4. You use the cash method of accounting.             the area, and the points charged are not more           ify to either deduct the points in the year paid or
    This means you report income in the year           than the amount generally charged there. Bill’s         deduct them ratably over the life of the loan, or if
    you receive it and deduct expenses in the          first payment on the new loan was due July 1.           you choose not to use either of these methods,
    year you pay them. Most individuals use            He made six payments on the loan in 2005 and            the points reduce the issue price of the loan.
    this method.                                       is a cash basis taxpayer.                               This reduction results in original issue discount,
                                                            Bill used the funds from the new mortgage to       which is discussed in chapter 5 of Publication
 5. The points were not paid in place of                                                                       535.
                                                       repay his existing mortgage. Although the new
    amounts that ordinarily are stated sepa-
                                                       mortgage loan was for Bill’s continued owner-
    rately on the settlement statement, such as                                                                Amounts charged for services. Amounts
                                                       ship of his main home, it was not for the
    appraisal fees, inspection fees, title fees,                                                               charged by the lender for specific services con-
                                                       purchase or improvement of that home. He can-
    attorney fees, and property taxes.                                                                         nected to the loan are not interest. Examples of
                                                       not deduct all of the points in 2005. He can
                                                                                                               these charges are:
 6. The funds you provided at or before clos-          deduct two points ($2,000) ratably over the life of
    ing, plus any points the seller paid, were at      the loan. He deducts $67 [($2,000 ÷ 180                   • Appraisal fees,
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Figure B. Are My Points Fully Deductible This Year?

                                     Start Here:

                                                                      No
                   Is the loan secured by your main home?


                                             Yes

                                                                      No
                   Is the payment of points an established
                   business practice in your area?

                                             Yes

                                                                      Yes
                   Were the points paid more than the
                   amount generally charged in your area?

                                             No

                                                                      No
                   Do you use the cash method of
                   accounting?

                                             Yes

                   Were the points paid in place of amounts           Yes
                   that ordinarily are separately stated on the
                   settlement sheet?

                                             No

                   Were the funds you provided (other than
                   those you borrowed from your lender or             No
                   mortgage broker), plus any points the
                   seller paid, at least as much as the points
                   charged?*

                                             Yes

            Yes
                   Did you take out the loan to improve your
                   main home?

                                             No

                                                                      No
                   Did you take out the loan to buy or build
                   your main home?

                                             Yes

                   Were the points computed as a                      No
                   percentage of the principal amount of the
                   mortgage?

                                             Yes

                                                                      No
                   Is the amount paid clearly shown as
                   points on the settlement statement?

                                             Yes

                   You can fully deduct the points this year                       You cannot fully deduct the points this
                   on Schedule A (Form 1040).                                      year. See the discussion on Points.



* The funds you provided do not have to have been applied to the points. They can include a down payment, an escrow deposit, earnest money, and other funds
  you paid at or before closing for any purpose.




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  • Notary fees,                                       you cannot deduct any remaining balance of            How To Report
                                                       spread points. Instead, deduct the remaining
  • Preparation costs for the mortgage note or
                                                       balance over the term of the new loan.                Deduct the home mortgage interest and points
     deed of trust,
                                                          A mortgage may end early due to a prepay-          reported to you on Form 1098 on Schedule A
  • Mortgage insurance premiums, and                   ment, refinancing, foreclosure, or similar event.     (Form 1040), line 10. If you paid more deductible
  • VA funding fees.                                                                                         interest to the financial institution than the
                                                         Example. Dan paid $3,000 in points in 1995          amount shown on Form 1098, show the larger
You cannot deduct these amounts as points              that he had to spread out over the 15-year life of    deductible amount on line 10. Attach a state-
either in the year paid or over the life of the        the mortgage. He had deducted $2,000 of these         ment explaining the difference and print “See
mortgage. For information about the tax treat-         points through 2004.                                  attached” next to line 10.
ment of these amounts and other settlement                Dan prepaid his mortgage in full in 2005. He           Deduct home mortgage interest that was not
fees and closing costs, get Publication 530.                                                                 reported to you on Form 1098 on Schedule A
                                                       can deduct the remaining $1,000 of points in
                                                       2005.                                                 (Form 1040), line 11. If you paid home mortgage
Points paid by the seller. The term “points”                                                                 interest to the person from whom you bought
includes loan placement fees that the seller
                                                       Limits on deduction. You cannot fully deduct          your home, show that person’s name, address,
pays to the lender to arrange financing for the
                                                       points paid on a mortgage that exceeds the            and social security number (SSN) or employer
buyer.
                                                       limits discussed in Part II. See the Table 1 In-      identification number (EIN) on the dotted lines
  Treatment by seller. The seller cannot de-           structions for line 10.                               next to line 11. The seller must give you this
duct these fees as interest. But they are a selling                                                          number and you must give the seller your SSN.
expense that reduces the amount realized by            Form 1098. The mortgage interest statement            A Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification
the seller. See Publication 523 for information        you receive should show not only the total inter-     Number and Certification, can be used for this
on selling your home.                                  est paid during the year, but also your deductible    purpose. Failure to meet any of these require-
                                                       points paid during the year. See Mortgage Inter-      ments may result in a $50 penalty for each
   Treatment by buyer. The buyer reduces
                                                       est Statement, next.                                  failure.
the basis of the home by the amount of the
seller-paid points and treats the points as if he or                                                             If you can take a deduction for points that
                                                                                                             were not reported to you on Form 1098, deduct
she had paid them. If all the tests under Deduc-       Mortgage Interest Statement                           those points on Schedule A (Form 1040), line
tion allowed in year paid, earlier, are met, the
buyer can deduct the points in the year paid. If       If you paid $600 or more of mortgage interest         12.
any of those tests are not met, the buyer deducts      (including certain points) during the year on any
the points over the life of the loan.                  one mortgage, you generally will receive a Form       More than one borrower. If you and at least
    If you need information about the basis of         1098, Mortgage Interest Statement, or a similar       one other person (other than your spouse if you
your home, see Publication 523 or Publication          statement from the mortgage holder. You will          file a joint return) were liable for and paid interest
530.                                                   receive the statement if you pay interest to a        on a mortgage that was for your home, and the
                                                       person (including a financial institution or coop-    other person received a Form 1098 showing the
Funds provided are less than points. If you            erative housing corporation) in the course of that    interest that was paid during the year, attach a
meet all the tests in Deduction in year paid,          person’s trade or business. A governmental unit       statement to your return explaining this. Show
earlier, except that the funds you provided were       is a person for purposes of furnishing the state-     how much of the interest each of you paid, and
less than the points charged to you (test (6)),        ment.                                                 give the name and address of the person who
you can deduct the points in the year paid, up to                                                            received the form. Deduct your share of the
                                                           The statement for each year should be sent
the amount of funds you provided. In addition,                                                               interest on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 11, and
                                                       to you by January 31 of the following year. A
you can deduct any points paid by the seller.                                                                print “See attached” next to the line.
                                                       copy of this form will also be sent to the IRS.
                                                           The statement will show the total interest you         Similarly, if you are the payer of record on a
   Example 1. When you took out a $100,000                                                                   mortgage on which there are other borrowers
mortgage loan to buy your home in December,            paid during the year. If you purchased a main
                                                       home during the year, it also will show the de-       entitled to a deduction for the interest shown on
you were charged one point ($1,000). You meet
                                                       ductible points paid during the year, including       the Form 1098 you received, deduct only your
all the tests for deducting points in the year paid,
                                                       seller-paid points. However, it should not show       share of the interest on Schedule A (Form
except the only funds you provided were a $750
                                                       any interest that was paid for you by a govern-       1040), line 10. You should let each of the other
down payment. Of the $1,000 charged for
                                                       ment agency.                                          borrowers know what his or her share is.
points, you can deduct $750 in the year paid.
You spread the remaining $250 over the life of             As a general rule, Form 1098 will include
                                                                                                             Mortgage proceeds used for business or
the mortgage.                                          only points that you can fully deduct in the year
                                                                                                             investment. If your home mortgage interest
                                                       paid. However, certain points not included on
                                                                                                             deduction is limited under the rules explained in
  Example 2. The facts are the same as in              Form 1098 also may be deductible, either in the
                                                                                                             Part II, but all or part of the mortgage proceeds
Example 1, except that the person who sold you         year paid or over the life of the loan. See the
                                                                                                             were used for business, investment, or other
your home also paid one point ($1,000) to help         earlier discussion of Points to determine
                                                                                                             deductible activities, see Table 2 near the end of
you get your mortgage. In the year paid, you can       whether you can deduct points not shown on
                                                                                                             this publication. It shows where to deduct the
deduct $1,750 ($750 of the amount you were             Form 1098.
                                                                                                             part of your excess interest that is for those
charged plus the $1,000 paid by the seller). You
                                                                                                             activities. The Table 1 Instructions for line 13 in
spread the remaining $250 over the life of the         Prepaid interest on Form 1098. If you pre-            Part II explain how to divide the excess interest
mortgage. You must reduce the basis of your            paid interest in 2005 that accrued in full by Janu-   among the activities for which the mortgage pro-
home by the $1,000 paid by the seller.                 ary 15, 2006, this prepaid interest may be            ceeds were used.
                                                       included in box 1 of Form 1098. However, you
Excess points. If you meet all the tests in
                                                       cannot deduct the prepaid amount for January
Deduction in year paid, earlier, except that the
                                                       2006 in 2005. (See Prepaid interest, earlier.)        Special Rule for
points paid were more than generally paid in                                                                 Tenant-Stockholders in
                                                       You will have to figure the interest that accrued
your area ( test (3)), you deduct in the year paid
only the points that are generally charged. You
                                                       for 2006 and subtract it from the amount in box       Cooperative Housing
                                                       1. You will include the interest for January 2006     Corporations
must spread any additional points over the life of
                                                       with other interest you pay for 2006.
the mortgage.
                                                                                                             A qualified home includes stock in a cooperative
Mortgage ending early. If you spread your              Refunded interest. If you received a refund of        housing corporation owned by a tenant-stock-
deduction for points over the life of the mort-        mortgage interest you overpaid in an earlier          holder. This applies only if the tenant-stock-
gage, you can deduct any remaining balance in          year, you generally will receive a Form 1098          holder is entitled to live in the house or
the year the mortgage ends. However, if you            showing the refund in box 3. See Refunds of           apartment because of owning stock in the coop-
refinance the mortgage with the same lender,           interest under Special Situations, earlier.           erative.

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Cooperative housing corporation. This is a                                                                   proceeds to buy, build, or substantially improve
corporation that meets all of the following condi-    Part II. Limits on                                     the home. This applies in the following situa-
                                                                                                             tions.
tions.
                                                      Home Mortgage
  • The corporation has only one class of                                                                     1. You buy your home within 90 days before
    stock outstanding.                                Interest Deduction                                         or after the date you take out the mort-
                                                                                                                 gage. The home acquisition debt is limited
  • Each of the stockholders, only because of         This part of the publication discusses the limits          to the home’s cost, plus the cost of any
    owning the stock, can live in a house,            on deductible home mortgage interest. These                substantial improvements within the limit
    apartment, or house trailer owned or              limits apply to your home mortgage interest ex-            described below in (2) or (3). (See Exam-
    leased by the corporation.                        pense if you have a home mortgage that does                ple 1.)
  • No stockholder can receive any distribu-          not fit into any of the three categories listed at      2. You build or improve your home and take
                                                      the beginning of Part I under Fully deductible             out the mortgage before the work is com-
    tion out of capital, except on a partial or
                                                      interest.
    complete liquidation of the corporation.                                                                     pleted. The home acquisition debt is lim-
                                                          Your home mortgage interest deduction is
                                                                                                                 ited to the amount of the expenses
  • The tenant-stockholders must pay at least         limited to the interest on the part of your home
                                                                                                                 incurred within 24 months before the date
    80% of the corporation’s gross income for         mortgage debt that is not more than your quali-
                                                                                                                 of the mortgage.
    the tax year. For this purpose, gross in-         fied loan limit. This is the part of your home
    come means all income received during             mortgage debt that is grandfathered debt or that        3. You build or improve your home and take
                                                      is not more than the limits for home acquisition           out the mortgage within 90 days after the
    the entire tax year, including any received
                                                      debt and home equity debt. Table 1 can help you            work is completed. The home acquisition
    before the corporation changed to cooper-
                                                      figure your qualified loan limit and your deducti-         debt is limited to the amount of the ex-
    ative ownership.                                  ble home mortgage interest.                                penses incurred within the period begin-
                                                                                                                 ning 24 months before the work is
Stock used to secure debt. In some cases,             Home Acquisition Debt                                      completed and ending on the date of the
you cannot use your cooperative housing stock                                                                    mortgage. (See Example 2.)
to secure a debt because of either:                   Home acquisition debt is a mortgage you took
                                                      out after October 13, 1987, to buy, build, or            Example 1. You bought your main home on
  • Restrictions under local or state law, or         substantially improve a qualified home (your           June 3 for $175,000. You paid for the home with
                                                      main or second home). It also must be secured
  • Restrictions in the cooperative agreement                                                                cash you got from the sale of your old home. On
                                                      by that home.                                          July 15, you took out a mortgage of $150,000
    (other than restrictions in which the main
                                                          If the amount of your mortgage is more than        secured by your main home. You used the
    purpose is to permit the tenant-stock-            the cost of the home plus the cost of any sub-
    holder to treat unsecured debt as secured                                                                $150,000 to invest in stocks. You can treat the
                                                      stantial improvements, only the debt that is not       mortgage as taken out to buy your home be-
    debt).                                            more than the cost of the home plus improve-           cause you bought the home within 90 days
However, you can treat a debt as secured by the       ments qualifies as home acquisition debt. The          before you took out the mortgage. The entire
                                                      additional debt may qualify as home equity debt        mortgage qualifies as home acquisition debt be-
stock to the extent that the proceeds are used to
                                                      (discussed later).                                     cause it was not more than the home’s cost.
buy the stock under the allocation of interest
rules. See chapter 5 of Publication 535 for de-       Home acquisition debt limit. The total
tails on these rules.                                 amount you can treat as home acquisition debt            Example 2. On January 31, John began
                                                      at any time on your main home and second               building a home on the lot that he owned. He
Figuring deductible home mortgage interest.           home cannot be more than $1 million ($500,000          used $45,000 of his personal funds to build the
Generally, if you are a tenant-stockholder, you       if married filing separately). This limit is reduced   home. The home was completed on October 31.
                                                      (but not below zero) by the amount of your             On November 21, John took out a $36,000 mort-
can deduct payments you make for your share
                                                      grandfathered debt (discussed later). Debt over        gage that was secured by the home. The mort-
of the interest paid or incurred by the coopera-
                                                      this limit may qualify as home equity debt (also       gage can be treated as used to build the home
tive. The interest must be on a debt to buy, build,                                                          because it was taken out within 90 days after the
                                                      discussed later).
change, improve, or maintain the cooperative’s                                                               home was completed. The entire mortgage
housing, or on a debt to buy the land.                Refinanced home acquisition debt. Any se-              qualifies as home acquisition debt because it
                                                      cured debt you use to refinance home acquisi-          was not more than the expenses incurred within
    Figure your share of this interest by multiply-
                                                      tion debt is treated as home acquisition debt.         the period beginning 24 months before the
ing the total by the following fraction.              However, the new debt will qualify as home             home was completed. This is illustrated by Fig-
           Your shares of stock in the                acquisition debt only up to the amount of the          ure C.
                  cooperative                         balance of the old mortgage principal just before
                                                      the refinancing. Any additional debt is not home
           The total shares of stock in                                                                        Figure C.
                 the cooperative                      acquisition debt, but may qualify as home equity
                                                      debt (discussed later).                                                      Home
   Limits on deduction. To figure how the lim-                                                                   John           Completed
                                                      Mortgage that qualifies later. A mortgage
its discussed in Part II apply to you, treat your                                                                Starts         ($45,000 in       $36,000
                                                      that does not qualify as home acquisition debt
share of the cooperative’s debt as debt incurred                                                                Building          Personal       Mortgage
                                                      because it does not meet all the requirements
                                                                                                                 Home          Funds Used)       Taken Out
by you. The cooperative should determine your         may qualify at a later time. For example, a debt
share of its grandfathered debt, its home acqui-      that you use to buy your home may not qualify
sition debt, and its home equity debt. (Your          as home acquisition debt because it is not se-
                                                      cured by the home. However, if the debt is later           Jan. 31          Oct. 31         Nov. 21
share of each of these types of debt is equal to
the average balance of each debt multiplied by        secured by the home, it may qualify as home
the fraction just given.) After your share of the     acquisition debt after that time. Similarly, a debt
                                                      that you use to buy property may not qualify
average balance of each type of debt is deter-
                                                      because the property is not a qualified home.                  9 Months               22 Days
mined, you include it with the average balance of     However, if the property later becomes a quali-           (Within 24 Months)      (Within 90 Days)
that type of debt secured by your stock.              fied home, the debt may qualify after that time.
   Form 1098. The cooperative should give             Mortgage treated as used to buy, build, or               Date of the mortgage. The date you take
you a Form 1098 showing your share of the             improve home. A mortgage secured by a                  out your mortgage is the day the loan proceeds
interest. Use the rules in this publication to de-    qualified home may be treated as home acquisi-         are disbursed. This is generally the closing date.
termine your deductible mortgage interest.            tion debt, even if you do not actually use the         You can treat the day you apply in writing for

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Table 1. Worksheet To Figure Your Qualified Loan Limit and Deductible Home Mortgage
         Interest For the Current Year See the Table 1 Instructions.              Keep for Your Records


 Part I           Qualified Loan Limit

   1.      Enter the average balance of all your grandfathered debt. See line 1 instructions . .                                     1.

   2.      Enter the average balance of all your home acquisition debt. See line 2 instructions                                      2.

   3.      Enter $1,000,000 ($500,000 if married filing separately) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        3.

   4.      Enter the larger of the amount on line 1 or the amount on line 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          4.

   5.      Add the amounts on lines 1 and 2. Enter the total here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        5.

   6.      Enter the smaller of the amount on line 4 or the amount on line 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                             6.

   7.      Enter $100,000 ($50,000 if married filing separately).
           See the line 7 instructions for a limit that may apply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  7.

   8.      Add the amounts on lines 6 and 7. Enter the total. This is your qualified loan limit . .                                  8.

 Part II          Deductible Home Mortgage Interest

   9.      Enter the total of the average balances of all mortgages on all qualified homes.
           See line 9 instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9.

              • If line 8 is less than line 9, go on to line 10.
              • If line 8 is equal to or more than line 9, stop here. All of your interest
                 on all the mortgages included on line 9 is deductible as home mortgage
                 interest on Schedule A (Form 1040).
   10. Enter the total amount of interest that you paid. See line 10 instructions . . . . . . . . . . . 10.

   11. Divide the amount on line 8 by the amount on line 9.
       Enter the result as a decimal amount (rounded to three places) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.                                        ×.

   12. Multiply the amount on line 10 by the decimal amount on line 11.
       Enter the result. This is your deductible home mortgage interest.
       Enter this amount on Schedule A (Form 1040) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.

   13. Subtract the amount on line 12 from the amount on line 10. Enter the result.
       This is not home mortgage interest. See line 13 instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.


your mortgage as the date you take it out. How-             • Prolongs your home’s useful life, or                See Divided use of your home under Qualified
ever, this applies only if you receive the loan                                                                   Home in Part I.
                                                            • Adapts your home to new uses.
proceeds within a reasonable time (such as
within 30 days) after your application is ap-               Repairs that maintain your home in good con-          Home Equity Debt
proved. If a timely application you make is re-          dition, such as repainting your home, are not
jected, a reasonable additional time will be                                                                      If you took out a loan for reasons other than to
                                                         substantial improvements. However, if you paint
allowed to make a new application.                                                                                buy, build, or substantially improve your home, it
                                                         your home as part of a renovation that substan-
                                                                                                                  may qualify as home equity debt. In addition,
                                                         tially improves your qualified home, you can
Cost of home or improvements. To deter-                                                                           debt you incurred to buy, build, or substantially
                                                         include the painting costs in the cost of the
mine your cost, include amounts paid to acquire                                                                   improve your home, to the extent it is more than
                                                         improvements.
any interest in a qualified home or to substan-                                                                   the home acquisition debt limit (discussed ear-
tially improve the home.                                    Acquiring an interest in a home because of            lier), may qualify as home equity debt.
     The cost of building or substantially improv-       a divorce. If you incur debt to acquire the                   Home equity debt is a mortgage you took out
ing a qualified home includes the costs to ac-           interest of a spouse or former spouse in a home,         after October 13, 1987, that:
                                                         because of a divorce or legal separation, you
quire real property and building materials, fees
                                                         can treat that debt as home acquisition debt.               • Does not qualify as home acquisition debt
for architects and design plans, and required                                                                          or as grandfathered debt, and
building permits.                                           Part of home not a qualified home. To
                                                         figure your home acquisition debt, you must                 • Is secured by your qualified home.
 Substantial improvement.             An improve-
ment is substantial if it:                               divide the cost of your home and improvements
                                                         between the part of your home that is a qualified          Example. You bought your home for cash
  • Adds to the value of your home,                      home and any part that is not a qualified home.          10 years ago. You did not have a mortgage on

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your home until last year, when you took out a        To qualify, it must have been secured by your              earlier under Home Acquisition Debt and
$20,000 loan, secured by your home, to pay for        qualified home on October 13, 1987, and at all             Home Equity Debt.
your daughter’s college tuition and your father’s     times after that date. How you used the pro-
                                                                                                            In either of those cases, you do not need Table
medical bills. This loan is home equity debt.         ceeds does not matter.
                                                                                                            1. Otherwise, you may use Table 1 to determine
Home equity debt limit. There is a limit on the           Grandfathered debt is not limited. All of the
                                                                                                            your qualified loan limit and deductible home
amount of debt that can be treated as home            interest you paid on grandfathered debt is fully
                                                                                                            mortgage interest.
equity debt. The total home equity debt on your       deductible home mortgage interest. However,
main home and second home is limited to the           the amount of your grandfathered debt reduces
                                                                                                                         Fill out only one Table 1 for both your
smaller of:                                           the $1 million limit for home acquisition debt and
                                                                                                             TIP         main and second home regardless of
                                                      the limit based on your home’s fair market value
  • $100,000 ($50,000 if married filing sepa-         for home equity debt.
                                                                                                                         how many mortgages you have.
    rately), or
  • The total of each home’s fair market value        Refinanced grandfathered debt. If you refi-             Home equity debt only. If all of your mort-
    (FMV) reduced (but not below zero) by the         nanced grandfathered debt after October 13,
                                                                                                            gages are home equity debt, do not fill in lines 1
    amount of its home acquisition debt and           1987, for an amount that was not more than the
                                                                                                            through 5. Enter zero on line 6 and complete the
    grandfathered debt. Determine the FMV             mortgage principal left on the debt, then you still
                                                                                                            rest of Table 1.
    and the outstanding home acquisition and          treat it as grandfathered debt. To the extent the
    grandfathered debt for each home on the           new debt is more than that mortgage principal, it
                                                      is treated as home acquisition or home equity
    date that the last debt was secured by the                                                              Average Mortgage Balance
    home.                                             debt, and the mortgage is a mixed-use mort-
                                                      gage (discussed later under Average Mortgage          You have to figure the average balance of each
                                                      Balance in the Table 1 Instructions). The debt        mortgage to determine your qualified loan limit.
  Example. You own one home that you                  must be secured by the qualified home.                You need these amounts to complete lines 1, 2,
bought in 1999. Its FMV now is $110,000, and              You treat grandfathered debt that was refi-
the current balance on your original mortgage                                                               and 9 of Table 1. You can use the highest
                                                      nanc ed a f t e r O c t o b e r 1 3 , 1 9 8 7 , a s   mortgage balances during the year, but you may
(home acquisition debt) is $95,000. Bank M of-        grandfathered debt only for the term left on the      benefit most by using the average balances.
fers you a home mortgage loan of 125% of the
                                                      debt that was refinanced. After that, you treat it    The following are methods you can use to figure
FMV of the home less any outstanding mort-
                                                      as home acquisition debt or home equity debt,         your average mortgage balances. However, if a
gages or other liens. To consolidate some of
                                                      depending on how you used the proceeds.               mortgage has more than one category of debt,
your other debts, you take out a $42,500 home
mortgage loan [(125% × $110,000) − $95,000]             Exception. If the debt before refinancing           see Mixed-use mortgages, later, in this section.
with Bank M.                                          was like a balloon note (the principal on the debt
    Your home equity debt is limited to $15,000.      was not amortized over the term of the debt),         Average of first and last balance method.
This is the smaller of:                               then you treat the refinanced debt as                 You can use this method if all the following
                                                      grandfathered debt for the term of the first refi-    apply.
  • $100,000, the maximum limit, or                   nancing. This term cannot be more than 30
  • $15,000, the amount that the FMV of               years.                                                  • You did not borrow any new amounts on
    $110,000 exceeds the amount of home                                                                          the mortgage during the year. (This does
    acquisition debt of $95,000.                        Example. Chester took out a $200,000 first               not include borrowing the original mort-
                                                      mortgage on his home in 1986. The mortgage                 gage amount.)
   Debt higher than limit. Interest on                was a five-year balloon note and the entire bal-        • You did not prepay more than one month’s
amounts over the home equity debt limit (such         ance on the note was due in 1991. Chester                  principal during the year. (This includes
as the interest on $27,500 [$42,500 − $15,000]        refinanced the debt in 1991 with a new 20-year
                                                                                                                 prepayment by refinancing your home or
in the preceding example) generally is treated        mortgage. The refinanced debt is treated as
                                                                                                                 by applying proceeds from its sale.)
as personal interest and is not deductible. But if    grandfathered debt for its entire term (20 years).
the proceeds of the loan were used for invest-                                                                • You had to make level payments at fixed
ment, business, or other deductible purposes,         Line-of-credit mortgage.           If you had a            equal intervals on at least a semi-annual
the interest may be deductible. If it is, see the     line-of-credit mortgage on October 13, 1987,               basis. You treat your payments as level
Table 1 Instructions for line 13 for an explanation   and borrowed additional amounts against it after           even if they were adjusted from time to
of how to allocate the excess interest.               that date, then the additional amounts are either          time because of changes in the interest
                                                      home acquisition debt or home equity debt de-              rate.
   Part of home not a qualified home. To              pending on how you used the proceeds. The
figure the limit on your home equity debt, you        balance on the mortgage before you borrowed
must divide the FMV of your home between the          the additional amounts is grandfathered debt.                      To figure your average balance, com-
part that is a qualified home and any part that is    The newly borrowed amounts are not                                 plete the following worksheet.
not a qualified home. See Divided use of your         grandfathered debt because the funds were bor-
home under Qualified Home in Part I.                  rowed after October 13, 1987. See Mixed-use
   Fair market value (FMV). This is the price         mortgages under Average Mortgage Balance in           1. Enter the balance as of the first day
at which the home would change hands be-              the Table 1 Instructions that follow.                    of the year that the mortgage was
tween you and a buyer, neither having to sell or                                                               secured by your qualified home
buy, and both having reasonable knowledge of          Table 1 Instructions                                     during the year (generally January
all relevant facts. Sales of similar homes in your                                                             1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
area, on about the same date your last debt was       Unless you are subject to the overall limit on
                                                                                                            2. Enter the balance as of the last day
secured by the home, may be helpful in figuring       itemized deductions, you can deduct all of the
                                                                                                               of the year that the mortgage was
the FMV.                                              interest you paid during the year on mortgages           secured by your qualified home
                                                      secured by your main home or second home in              during the year (generally
Grandfathered Debt                                    either of the following two situations.                  December 31) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                                        • All the mortgages are grandfathered debt.         3. Add amounts on lines 1 and 2 . . .
If you took out a mortgage on your home before
October 14, 1987, or you refinanced such a              • The total of the mortgage balances for the        4. Divide the amount on line 3 by 2.
mortgage, it may qualify as grandfathered debt.           entire year is within the limits discussed           Enter the result . . . . . . . . . . . . .




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Interest paid divided by interest rate method.            Complete lines 1 and 2 of Table 1 by includ-       [($180,000 × 10) + $179,000 + $178,000].
You can use this method if at all times in 2005        ing the separate average balances of any              Therefore, the average balance of the home
the mortgage was secured by your qualified             grandfathered debt and home acquisition debt in       acquisition debt for 2006 is $179,750
home and the interest was paid at least monthly.       your mixed-use mortgage. Do not use the meth-         ($2,157,000 ÷ 12).
             Complete the following worksheet to       ods described earlier in this section to figure the
             figure your average balance.              average balance of either category. Instead, for
                                                       each category, use the following method.              Line 1
                                                        1. Figure the balance of that category of debt       Figure the average balance for the current year
1. Enter the interest paid in 2005. Do                     for each month. This is the amount of the         of each mortgage you had on all qualified homes
   not include points or any other                         loan proceeds allocated to that category,         on October 13, 1987 (grandfathered debt). Add
   interest paid in 2005 that is for a year                                                                  the results together and enter the total on line 1.
                                                           reduced by your principal payments on the
   after 2005. However, do include
                                                           mortgage previously applied to that cate-         Include the average balance for the current year
   interest that is for 2005 but was paid
   in an earlier year . . . . . . . . . . . . .            gory. Principal payments on a mixed-use           for any grandfathered debt part of a mixed-use
                                                           mortgage are applied in full to each cate-        mortgage.
2. Enter the annual interest rate on the                   gory of debt, until its balance is zero, in the
   mortgage. If the interest rate varied
                                                           following order:
   in 2005, use the lowest rate for the                                                                      Line 2
   year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        a. First, any home equity debt,
3. Divide the amount on line 1 by the                                                                        Figure the average balance for the current year
                                                           b. Next, any grandfathered debt, and
   amount on line 2. Enter the result . .                                                                    of each mortgage you took out on all qualified
                                                           c. Finally, any home acquisition debt.            homes after October 13, 1987, to buy, build, or
  Example. Mr. Blue had a line of credit se-                                                                 substantially improve the home (home acquisi-
                                                        2. Add together the monthly balances figured         tion debt). Add the results together and enter the
cured by his main home all year. He paid interest
                                                           in (1).                                           total on line 2. Include the average balance for
of $2,500 on this loan. The interest rate on the
loan was 9% (.09) all year. His average balance         3. Divide the result in (2) by 12.                   the current year for any home acquisition debt
using this method is $27,778, figured as follows.                                                            part of a mixed-use mortgage.
                                                           Complete line 9 of Table 1 by including the
1. Enter the interest paid in 2005. Do                 average balance of the entire mixed-use mort-
   not include points or any other                     gage, figured under one of the methods de-            Line 7
   interest paid in 2005 that is for a                 scribed earlier in this section.
   year after 2005. However, do                                                                              The amount on line 7 cannot be more than the
   include interest that is for 2005 but                  Example 1. In 1986, Sharon took out a              smaller of:
   was paid in an earlier year . . . . .      $2,500   $1,400,000 mortgage to buy her main home
2. Enter the annual interest rate on                   (grandfathered debt). On March 2, 2005, when           1. $100,000 ($50,000 if married filing sepa-
   the mortgage. If the interest rate                  the home had a fair market value of $1,700,000            rately), or
   varied in 2005, use the lowest rate                 and she owed $1,100,000 on the mortgage,
   for the year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .09                                                          2. The total of each home’s fair market value
                                                       Sharon took out a second mortgage for
3. Divide the amount on line 1 by the                                                                            (FMV) reduced (but not below zero) by the
                                                       $200,000. She used $180,000 of the proceeds
   amount on line 2. Enter the result $27,778                                                                    amount of its home acquisition debt and
                                                       to make substantial improvements to her home
                                                       (home acquisition debt) and the remaining                 grandfathered debt. Determine the FMV
Statements provided by your lender. If you             $20,000 to buy a car (home equity debt). Under            and the outstanding home acquisition and
receive monthly statements showing the closing         the loan agreement, Sharon must make princi-              grandfathered debt for each home on the
balance or the average balance for the month,          pal payments of $1,000 at the end of each                 date that the last debt was secured by the
you can use either to figure your average bal-         month. During 2005, her principal payments on             home.
ance for the year. You can treat the balance as        the second mortgage totaled $10,000.                      See Home equity debt limit under Home Eq-
zero for any month the mortgage was not se-
                                                           To complete Table 1, line 2, Sharon must          uity Debt, earlier, for more information about fair
cured by your qualified home.
                                                       figure a separate average balance for the part of     market value.
   For each mortgage, figure your average bal-         her second mortgage that is home acquisition
ance by adding your monthly closing or average         debt. The January and February balances were
balances and dividing that total by the number of      zero. The March through December balances             Line 9
months the home secured by that mortgage was
                                                       were all $180,000, because none of her princi-
a qualified home during the year.                                                                            Figure the average balance for the current year
                                                       pal payments are applied to the home acquisi-
   If your lender can give you your average            tion debt. (They are all applied to the home          of each outstanding home mortgage. Add the
balance for the year, you can use that amount.         equity debt, reducing it to $10,000 [$20,000 −        average balances together and enter the total
                                                       $10,000].) The monthly balances of the home           on line 9. See Average Mortgage Balance, ear-
  Example. Ms. Brown had a home equity
                                                       acquisition debt total $1,800,000 ($180,000 ×         lier.
loan secured by her main home all year. She
                                                       10). Therefore, the average balance of the home          Note. When figuring the average balance of
received monthly statements showing her aver-
                                                       acquisition debt for 2005 was $150,000                a mixed-use mortgage, for line 9 determine the
age balance for each month. She may figure her
average balance for the year by adding her             ($1,800,000 ÷ 12).                                    average balance of the entire mortgage.
monthly average balances and dividing the total
                                                         Example 2. The facts are the same as in
by 12.
                                                       Example 1. In 2006, Sharon’s January through          Line 10
Mixed-use mortgages. A mixed-use mort-                 October principal payments on her second mort-
                                                       gage are applied to the home equity debt, reduc-      If you make payments to a financial institution, or
gage is a loan that consists of more than one of
                                                       ing it to zero. The balance of the home               to a person whose business is making loans,
the three categories of debt (grandfathered
                                                       acquisition debt remains $180,000 for each of         you should get Form 1098 or a similar statement
debt, home acquisition debt, and home equity
debt). For example, a mortgage you took out            those months. Because her November and De-            from the lender. This form will show the amount
during the year is a mixed-use mortgage if you         cember principal payments are applied to the          of interest to enter on line 10. Also include on
used its proceeds partly to refinance a mortgage       home acquisition debt, the November balance is        this line any other interest payments made on
that you took out in an earlier year to buy your       $179,000 ($180,000 − $1,000) and the Decem-           debts secured by a qualified home for which you
home (home acquisition debt) and partly to buy         ber balance is $178,000 ($180,000 − $2,000).          did not receive a Form 1098. Do not include
a car (home equity debt).                              The monthly balances total $2,157,000                 points on this line.

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Claiming your deductible points.             Figure     ply. Table 2 shows where to deduct that interest.          Don determines that the proceeds of mort-
your deductible points as follows.                      See Allocation of Interest in chapter 5 of Publica-    gage A are allocable to personal expenses for
                                                        tion 535 for an explanation of how to determine        the entire year. The proceeds of mortgage B are
 1. Figure your deductible points for the cur-          the use of loan proceeds.                              allocable to his business for the entire year. Don
    rent year using the rules explained under               The following two rules describe how to allo-      paid $14,000 of interest on mortgage A and
    Points in Part I.                                   cate the interest on line 13 to a business or          $16,000 of interest on mortgage B. He figures
 2. Multiply the amount in item (1) by the deci-        investment activity.                                   the amount of home mortgage interest he can
                                                                                                               deduct by using Table 1. Since both mortgages
    mal amount on line 11. Enter the result on            • If you used all of the proceeds of the mort-       are home equity debt, Don determines that
    Schedule A (Form 1040), line 10 or 12,                  gages on line 9 for one activity, then all
    whichever applies. This amount is fully de-                                                                $15,000 of the interest can be deducted as
                                                            the interest on line 13 is allocated to that
    ductible.                                                                                                  home mortgage interest.
                                                            activity. In this case, deduct the interest on
                                                                                                                   The interest Don can allocate to his business
 3. Subtract the result in item (2) from the                the form or schedule to which it applies.
                                                                                                               is the smaller of:
    amount in item (1). This amount is not de-            • If you used the proceeds of the mortgages
    ductible as home mortgage interest. How-                on line 9 for more than one activity, then          1. The amount on Table 1, line 13 of the
    ever, if you used any of the loan proceeds              you can allocate the interest on line 13               worksheet ($15,000), or
    for business or investment activities, see              among the activities in any manner you              2. The total amount of interest allocable to
    the instructions for line 13, next.                     select (up to the total amount of interest             the business ($16,500), figured by multi-
                                                            otherwise allocable to each activity, ex-              plying the amount on line 10 (the $30,000
                                                            plained next).                                         total interest paid) by the following fraction.
Line 13
                                                          You figure the total amount of interest other-                $110,000 (the average balance
  You cannot deduct the amount of interest on           wise allocable to each activity by multiplying the                of the mortgage allocated
line 13 as home mortgage interest. If you did not       amount on line 10 by the following fraction.                           to the business)
use any of the proceeds of any mortgage in-                              Amount on line 9                                 $200,000 (the total average
cluded on line 9 of the worksheet for business,                      allocated to that activity                            balance of all mortgages)
investment, or other deductible activities, then
all the interest on line 13 is personal interest.                    Total amount on line 9                        Because $15,000 is the smaller of items (1)
Personal interest is not deductible.                                                                           and (2), that is the amount of interest Don can
    If you did use all or part of any mortgage            Example. Don had two mortgages (A and                allocate to his business. He deducts this amount
proceeds for business, investment, or other de-         B) on his main home during the entire year.            on his Schedule C (Form 1040).
ductible activities, the part of the interest on line   Mortgage A had an average balance of $90,000,
13 that is allocable to those activities may be         and mortgage B had an average balance of
deducted as business, investment, or other de-          $110,000.
ductible expense, subject to any limits that ap-

Table 2. Where To Deduct Your Interest Expense

 IF you have ...                                        THEN deduct it on ...                                 AND for more information go to ...
 deductible student loan interest                       Form 1040, line 33, or Form 1040A,                    Publication 970, Tax Benefits for
                                                        line 18                                               Education.
 deductible home mortgage interest                      Schedule A (Form 1040), line 10                       this publication (936).
 and points reported on Form 1098
 deductible home mortgage interest                      Schedule A (Form 1040), line 11                       this publication (936).
 not reported on Form 1098
 deductible points not reported on                      Schedule A (Form 1040), line 12                       this publication (936).
 Form 1098
 deductible investment interest (other                  Schedule A (Form 1040), line 13                       Publication 550, Investment Income
 than incurred to produce rents or                                                                            and Expenses.
 royalties)
 deductible business interest                           Schedule C or C-EZ (Form 1040)                        Publication 535, Business Expenses.
 (non-farm)
 deductible farm business interest                      Schedule F (Form 1040)                                Publications 225, Farmer’s Tax Guide,
                                                                                                              and 535.
 deductible interest incurred to                        Schedule E (Form 1040)                                Publications 527, Residential Rental
 produce rents or royalties                                                                                   Property, and 535.
 personal interest                                      not deductible.




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A                                                           Fees:                                                      Investments:                                                     Ending early . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Acquisition debt . . . . . . . . . . 2, 8-9                   Appraisal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7           Average mortgage balance and                                  Insurance premiums . . . . . . . . . 7
Alimony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4         Notaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7            total amount of interest                                    Late qualifying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Amortization:                                                 Points (See Points)                                           allowable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12                Line-of-credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
  Points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5        VA funding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7            Mortgage proceeds used                                        Mixed-use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
                                                            Figures (See Tables and figures)                                for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4, 7        Preparation costs for note or
Appraisal fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
                                                            Form 1040, Schedule A . . . . 2, 7,                        Itemized deductions:                                               deed of trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Armed forces:                                                                                                                                                                           Proceeds invested in
                                                                                                               12         Limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
  Housing allowance . . . . . . . . . . 4                                                                                                                                                 tax-exempt securities . . . . . . 4
Assistance (See Tax help)                                   Form 1040, Schedule C or
                                                              C-EZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12                                                                       Proceeds used for
Average mortgage                                                                                                       J                                                                  business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
  balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10          Form 1040, Schedule E . . . . . . 12
                                                                                                                       Joint returns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4                Proceeds used for
                                                            Form 1040, Schedule F . . . . . . 12                                                                                          investment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
                                                            Form 1098:                                                                                                                  Qualified loan limit . . . . . . . . . . 10
B                                                             Mortgage interest . . . . . . . . . 7, 8                 L                                                                Refinanced . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 8, 10
Borrowers:                                                  Form 8396:                                                 Lender mortgage                                                  Statements provided by
 More than one . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7                  Mortgage interest credit . . . . . . 4                     statements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11                    lender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
 Seller-paid points, treatment by                           Free tax services . . . . . . . . . . . . 13               Limits:                                                          To buy, build, or improve . . . . . 8
    buyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
                                                                                                                         Cooperative housing, mortgage                                  Wraparound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Business:
                                                                                                                            interest deduction . . . . . . . . . 8
 Average mortgage balance,                                  G                                                            Deductibility of points . . . . . . . . 7
    total amount of interest                                Grandfathered debt . . . . . . . 2, 10                                                                                  N
                                                                                                                         Home acquisition debt . . . . . . . 8
    otherwise allowable to each                             Ground rents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4                                                                        Nonredeemable ground
                                                                                                                         Home equity debt . . . . . . . . . . 10
    activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12                                                                                                                                rent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
 Mortgage proceeds used                                                                                                  Home mortgage interest
                                                                                                                                                                                    Notary fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
    for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7                                                                   deduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
                                                            H                                                            Itemized deductions . . . . . . . . . 1
                                                            Help (See Tax help)                                          Qualified loan limit . . . . . . . . . . 10                O
C                                                           Home:                                                      Line-of-credit mortgage . . . . . 10                         Office in home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Clergy:                                                      Acquisition debt . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 8               Loans: (See also
  Ministers’ and military housing                            Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4              Mortgages) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7, 8
    allowance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4             Cost of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9        Home improvement,                                          P
                                                              Destroyed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4               points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5        Penalties:
Comments on publication . . . . 2
                                                             Divided use . . . . . . . . . . . 3, 9, 10                  Qualified loan limit . . . . . . . . . . 10                  Mortgage prepayment . . . . . . . 4
Cooperative housing . . . . . . 2, 5,
                                                              Equity debt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 9                                                                        Personal interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
                                             7-8
                                                              Equity debt only (Table                                                                                               Points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7
Cost of home or                                                 1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
  improvements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9                                                                           M                                                              Claiming deductible . . . . . . . . 12
                                                              Fair market value . . . . . . . . . . . 10               Main home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2              Exception to general rule . . . . 5
Credits:                                                      Grandfathered debt . . . . . . . 2, 10
                                                                                                                       Married taxpayers . . . . . . . . . . . . 4                    Excess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
  Mortgage interest . . . . . . . . . . . 4                   Improvement loan, points . . . . 5
                                                                                                                       Military housing                                               Funds provided less than . . . . 7
                                                              Main . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2                                                                  General rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
                                                              Mortgage interest (See                                     allowance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
D                                                                                                                      Ministers’ housing                                             Home improvement loans . . . . 5
                                                                Mortgage interest)                                                                                                    Second home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Date of mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8                                                                             allowance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
                                                              Office in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4                                                                     Seller paid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Debt:                                                         Qualified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2      Missing children, photographs
  Choice to treat as not secured                                                                                         of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1   Prepaid interest . . . . . . . . . . . . 4, 7
                                                             Renting out part of . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     by home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2                                                                     Mixed-use mortgages . . . . . . . 11                         Prepayment penalties . . . . . . . . 4
                                                             Sale of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
  Grandfathered . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 10                  Second . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2                                                                     Publications (See Tax help)
                                                                                                                       More information (See Tax help)
  Home acquisition . . . . . . . . . . 2, 8                  Time-sharing                                              Mortgage interest . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
  Home equity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 9                  arrangements . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
  Home equity only (Table
                                                                                                                         Cooperative housing . . . . . . . . . 8                    Q
                                                            Home mortgage interest (See                                  Credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4       Qualified homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
     1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
                                                             Mortgage interest)                                          Fully deductible interest . . . . . . 2                    Qualified loan limit:
  Not secured by home . . . . . . . . 2
                                                            Housing allowance:                                           Home mortgage interest . . . . . 2                          Average mortgage
  Secured . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
                                                             Ministers and military . . . . . . . . 4                    How to report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7                 balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Deductions:
                                                                                                                         Late payment charges . . . . . . . 4                        Worksheet to figure (Table
  Home office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
                                                                                                                         Limits on deduction . . . . . . . . . . 8                     1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
  Itemized deductions . . . . . . . . . 1                   I                                                            Ministers’ and military housing
  Mortgage interest (See
                                                            Improvements:                                                   allowance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     Mortgage interest)                                                                                                                                                             R
                                                              Cost of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9        Prepaid interest . . . . . . . . . . . 4, 7
  Points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 12                                                                                                                                Redeemable ground rents . . . . 4
                                                              Home acquisition debt . . . . . . . 8                      Prepayment penalty . . . . . . . . . 4
Deed preparation costs . . . . . . 7                          Points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5                                                                  Refinancing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
                                                                                                                         Refunds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4, 7
Divorced taxpayers . . . . . . . . . 4, 9                     Substantial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9          Sale of home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4               Grandfathered debt . . . . . . . . . 10
                                                            Insurance:                                                   Special situations . . . . . . . . . . . 4                   Home acquisition debt . . . . . . . 8
E                                                             Mortgage insurance                                         Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7            Refunds:
Equity debt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 9-10                  premiums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7            Where to deduct . . . . . . . . . . . 12                     Mortgage interest . . . . . . . . . 4, 7
  Equity debt only (Table                                   Interest: (See also Mortgage                                 Worksheet to figure (Table                                 Rent:
    1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10       interest) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2           1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10       Nonredeemable ground
                                                              Interest rate method . . . . . . . . 11                  Mortgages:                                                       rent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
                                                              Personal interest . . . . . . . . . . . . 1                Assistance payments . . . . . . . . 4                       Redeemable ground
F                                                             Refunded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4, 7            Average balance . . . . . . . . . . . 10                       rents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Fair market value (FMV) . . . . . 10                          Where to deduct . . . . . . . . . . . 12                   Date of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8          Rental payments . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

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Renting of home:                                          Statements provided by                                      Mortgage to buy, build, or                               V
  Part of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4     lender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11         improve home (Figure                                   VA funding fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
  Time-sharing                                            Stock:                                                        C) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8   Valuation:
    arrangements . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4                Cooperative housing . . . . . . . . . 8                   Points (Figure B) . . . . . . . . . . . . 5                Fair market value . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Repairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9     Suggestions for                                             Qualified loan limit worksheet
                                                            publication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2             (Table 1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
                                                                                                                    Tax credits:                                               W
S                                                                                                                                                                              Worksheets:
                                                                                                                      Mortgage interest . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Sale of home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4          T                                                                                                                     Deductible home mortgage
                                                                                                                    Tax help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Second home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 5              Tables and figures:                                                                                                     interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
                                                                                                                    Tax-exempt securities:
Secured debt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2            Deductible home mortgage                                                                                            Qualified loan limit . . . . . . . . . . 10
                                                                                                                      Mortgage proceeds invested
Seller-paid points . . . . . . . . . . . . 7                  interest:                                                                                                        Wraparound mortgages . . . . . . 2
                                                                                                                        in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Separate returns . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4                  Fully deductible,
                                                                 determination of (Figure                           Taxpayer Advocate . . . . . . . . . . 13                                                                 ■
Separated taxpayers . . . . . . . . . 4                                                                             Time-sharing
                                                                 A) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Spouses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4                                                                   arrangements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
                                                              How to figure (Table
                                                                 1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10    TTY/TDD information . . . . . . . . 13




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