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Close-Up on Mortgage Interest Deduction Rules

Mortgage Interest

The new tax law places new limits on home mortgage interest deductions for the 2018 through 2025 tax years.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)¬†imposes new limits on home mortgage interest deductions. Here’s how the changes could affect your tax situation.

The Basics

For the 2018 through 2025 tax years, the new law generally allows you to deduct interest on only up to $750,000 of mortgage debt incurred to buy or improve a first or second residence. This type of debt is called “home acquisition indebtedness” in tax lingo. (For married individuals who file separately, the home acquisition indebtedness limit is $375,000 for 2018 through 2025.) Under prior law, you could deduct interest on up to $1 million of home acquisition indebtedness (or $500,000 for those who use married filing separate status). Read more