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Subject:  Re: Confirmation - quick questions Date:  1/15/2013  6:00 PM
Author:  Wradical Number:  117368 of 123001

As I recall the rules, home equity loans not for purchase money or "remodeling" are only deductible up to 100K, and interest related to amounts borrower in excess of 100k are not deductible.

Do I understand the rule correctly?

Yes, with a twist. That's true for regular tax purposes, but if the $100K of home equity debt was borrowed for "other stuff", and not expended to buy, build, or improve the property, then that part of the interest is an add-back for AMT purposes.

Furthermore, I assume that tracing rules apply, so that if one borrowed more than 100k but the excess above 100k went into "remodeling", all of the interest would be deductible.
Is that further understanding correct?

Yes, subject to the same AMT twist, above.

Do soft costs for remodeling, design fees, permits, etc. (i.e., not costs for laor or materials for remodeling) satisfy the IRS for purposes of making the interest on the money borrowed therefor deductible?