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Claiming a Mortgage Interest Deduction

By
Laura Adams, MBA,
January 5, 2011

 

Q. I am paying the mortgage on a house that my son owns. Can I claim the mortgage interest deduction on my taxes? I am not on the loan or on the title.

A. In order to claim the mortgage interest deduction on a main or second home you don't necessarily have to be named on the loan or title; however, you must be a legal or equitable owner of the property. The IRS requires you to be legally liable for the interest and to itemize tax deductions on Schedule A.

If you're unsure about whether you're eligible to claim the mortgage interest deduction, be sure to consult with an accountant or tax attorney for advice.

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