Real Estate (Taxes, Mortgage Interest, Points, Other Property Expenses)
Question: I took out a home equity loan secured by my main home to pay off personal debts. Is this interest deductible? Where do I enter this amount on my tax return?
A loan that is secured by your personal residence but is taken out for reasons other than to buy, build, or substantially improve your home, such as to pay off personal debts, may still qualify as home equity debt. Home equity debt is limited to the fair market value of the home reduced by home acquisition debt, up to a total of $100,000 ($50,000 if married filing separately). You may deduct the interest paid during the year on home equity debt as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040) (PDF), Itemized Deductions, generally on line 10.
Category: Itemized Deductions, Standard Deductions
Subcategory: Real Estate (Taxes, Mortgage Interest, Points, Other Property Expenses)