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By: spectre855 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/05/18/how-to-attack-the-mortgage-interest-tax-deduction/comment-page-1/#comment-14998 Wed, 19 May 2010 21:37:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=3885#comment-14998 Here’s another question though it may be a stupid one as I know very little about tax law: If the mortgage interest deduction were to be removed, would this affect the standard deduction? If so, the 20% number would be moot.

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By: amichael http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/05/18/how-to-attack-the-mortgage-interest-tax-deduction/comment-page-1/#comment-14993 Wed, 19 May 2010 19:27:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=3885#comment-14993 Only 20% of households itemizing seems surprisingly low given the high homeownership rate. As several commenters above have noted, it doesn’t take a huge mortgage to hit the itemizing threshold. The actual threshold would be even lower for most after adding in property taxes and state income taxes.

I don’t know what year Felix’s statistics are from, but there are several factors that make it plausible, especially if the numbers are recent:

1. Mortgage interest payments decline over the life of the loan. My neighbors who have owned their houses for 15 years have lower loan balances than me becuase they took out smaller mortgages to begin with and they have paid down a hefty portion of the original balance.

2. Nearly 50% of households paid no federal income tax in 2009. A portion of these are homeowners (given the 65% homeownership rate), and many of them probably don’t need the mortgage deduction to reduce their tax bill to 0.

3. As far as I know, you only get the interest deduction if you pay your mortgage. With high delinquency rates in 2009, there could be a large number of homeowners not taking the deduction who would qualify if they were current on their mortgages.

To those commenters complaining that they bought their houses expecting the deduction and removing it would cause undue burden on them: no doubt that is why Felix suggests phasing the deduction out over time. This doesn’t eliminate the pain, but there is always pain on the part of those adapted to current policy when tax policies are changed. The article Felix linked does a reasonable job of explaining why the deduction isn’t good policy.

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By: dsucher http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/05/18/how-to-attack-the-mortgage-interest-tax-deduction/comment-page-1/#comment-14984 Wed, 19 May 2010 16:10:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=3885#comment-14984 Just curious why Vancouver BC seems to me to be significantly more expensive than Seattle and yet the Canadians don’t have the mortgage-interest deduction.

The areas are roughly similar with substantial constraints in entitlements and topography.

So what gives?

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