On February 21, 2018 the IRS clarified that in many cases taxpayers can continue to deduct interest paid on home equity loans, lines of credit, or second mortgages, regardless of how the loan is labeled.
Beginning in 2018, taxpayers may only deduct interest on $750,000 of qualified residence loans. The new limits apply to the combined amount of loan(s) used to buy, build or substantially improve the taxpayer’s main home and/or second home.
To view IRS Publication IR-2018-32 in its entirety, click here.
What This Means
For example, if the home equity loan is used to build an addition on an existing home, the interest is typically deductible. But, if the same loan was used to pay personal living expenses, such as credit card debts, it is not deductible.
How the Deduction Works – Two Scenarios
*Both loans taken in same calendar year.
When the Deduction Does Not Apply
Also, deductions will not apply to loans used to pay personal living expenses, such as credit card debts or student loans.
How Will the New Tax Law Impact Home Equity Lending?
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