Tax-Deductible Interest

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Definition of 'Tax-Deductible Interest'

Tax-deductible interest is the interest paid on a loan that can be deducted from your taxable income. This can reduce your overall tax bill and save you money. There are a few different types of loans that qualify for tax-deductible interest, including:

* Mortgages
* Home equity loans
* Student loans
* Business loans

The amount of interest you can deduct depends on your income and the type of loan. For example, the maximum amount of mortgage interest you can deduct is $750,000. If you have more than one mortgage, you can only deduct the interest on the first $750,000 of debt.

You can also deduct the interest on up to $250,000 of home equity debt, as long as you use the money to improve your home. And you can deduct the interest on student loans, as long as you are using the loans to pay for qualified education expenses.

Keep in mind that you can only deduct interest on loans that you use for personal or business purposes. If you use a loan to invest in stocks or other investments, you cannot deduct the interest.

Also, you can only deduct interest that you actually pay. If you make a principal payment on your loan, you cannot deduct the interest that would have been due on that payment.

Tax-deductible interest can be a great way to save money on your taxes. But it's important to understand the rules so that you can claim the deduction correctly.

Here are a few tips for claiming the tax-deductible interest deduction:

* Keep good records of your interest payments. This includes the date of the payment, the amount of the payment, and the name of the lender.
* Make sure you are using the loan for a qualified purpose.
* File your taxes on time. You have to file your taxes by April 15th to claim the deduction for the current year.

If you have any questions about the tax-deductible interest deduction, you should consult with a tax professional.

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