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Cash Flow Planning for Life

Helping you reach your personal & professional financial goals.

What You Should Know About Home Equity Loan Interest

This is the second installment of Tax Deductions & You: What You Need to Know which can also be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Any loans that fall under the nondeductible category need to be reviewed along with your cash or equity availability. If possible, they also need to be re-characterized to a deductible form of interest.

An example of this would be having availability on a home equity loan (balance after transfer must be below $100,000) and paying off an auto loan or credit card. This will increase cash flow two fold:

  1. The interest rate charged on a home equity loan will, in most cases, be lower than the rate charged on an auto loan or a credit card balance.
  2. The interest that is paid will be deductible on your personal tax return, saving you money each year when filing your return.

When considering this method of converting non-deductible interest into deductible home equity interest, you should consider the length of time you plan on staying in your current home.

Tax Deductions and You - What You Need to KnowIf the home will be sold within the next 12 to 24 months, this may not be in your best interest. This is because you will be forgoing the down payment on your next home purchase. Job changes and other unforeseen circumstances happen without warning, something to consider before pulling the trigger on extending the home equity loan.

A second example of equity availability would be if you are the owner of a business with the availability to extend a shareholder loan.

To discuss these strategies in more detail, please come see us at Makara & Associates, a Naples CPA firm. We would be happy to review your situation. We offer many accounting services to meet your needs including; cash flow planning, benefits of a controllership, social security planning, and so much more. If you have more questions or would like more information contact us online, call (239) 384-9688 in Naples, (239) 768-5008 in Fort Myers, or connect with Makara & Associates on Facebook.

– Mark

This information is based on facts, assumptions and representations as stated and authorities that are subject to change. We will not update this information for subsequent legislative or administrative changes of future judicial interpretations.
LEGAL NOTICE AND DISCLAIMER: The information within this blog is for informational and educational purposes only and is not tax advice and should not be used as such. The facts of each individual situation can have significantly different outcomes when applying tax law. The hiring of a CPA is an important decision not to be based solely on advertisements.

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