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  • #48179
    Al92
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    Does anyone know if the amount you pay for mortgage points to buy down the rate is tax deductible? 2018 and following years.

    Assuming the standard tax deduction amount is less than what you paid to buy down the rate.

    #48186
    TTrumble
    Member

    Hello Al92,

    That’s a question I will leave for other members of the Forum family to answer based on their own experience. You’ll find legal and tax questions are ones I will always refer to a professional since I am not qualified to answer questions in either realm.

    Okay gang, this one’s up to you!

    Tim Trumble
    Online Operations, NACA
    ttrumble@naca.com

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    #48193
    Peapod0609
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    #48194
    Al92
    Member

    Thank you for the post Peapod0609,

    Before posting my question I had read several articles (including your linked articles) which could be a reference. This link is for the IRS publication https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc504
    They all refer to similar conditions. It is not really clear if it would qualify or not.
    One of the requirements is “is paying points is an established business practice in the area where the loan was made”. Since NACA allows buyers to buy down point as much as they can does this mean it meets the requirement?
    Also, “The amount shows clearly as points on your settlement statement.” Will it show on my loan statement?

    #48203
    Lex
    Member

    The amount that you pay directly for buy-down is deductible if you itemize. For example, I put down ~$22K at closing. Of that, $10K went towards interest buy-down, $11K went towards principal reduction (which Citi matched with an additional interest rate reduction), and $1K towards other closing costs. The $10K was reported as points paid on my 1098 and I was able to list it on my Schedule A.

    #48205
    Al92
    Member

    Thanks for the post Lex
    I believe this is what I was expecting to hear. Real life experience is very important.
    I am planning to buy down interest rate and significantly decrease my monthly payment.
    I can save some extra money if it is tax deductible.

    #48229
    southflorida
    Member

    it’s important to point out that you can deduct not only what you pay to discount points, but also what the seller gave you as contribution that was used to discount points. that’s great!

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