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jwheel29910
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Mortgage Principal Increases Tax Owed

When I input property taxes paid for 2023 the tax owed gets reduced.  On the next line when it asks outstanding principle balance and a value is input, my owed tax goes up.  This is not a refinance, this is not a HELOC - it's on Form 1098 from my lender.  There is only 1 mortgage, that's it.

 

Why is this occurring?  What impact does the outstanding principal entry have on my tax owed going up?

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Mortgage Principal Increases Tax Owed

If you are talking about entering data from your 1098, the line before Outstanding Principle on Line 2 is Mortgage Interest, not property taxes, on Line 1. If you have enough deductions to itemize on schedule A, I guess it's possible that after entering the Mortgage Interest on line 1,Turbo Tax shows the Tax Owed without limitation. Then if you enter an Outstanding Principle above the mortgage limit, Turbo Tax applies the limit and the Tax Owed goes up.

PatriciaV
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Mortgage Principal Increases Tax Owed

Was your outstanding mortgage principal balance over $750.000? If so, your interest deduction is limited, which might increase the total tax due for the year.

 

Also note that the refund monitor in TurboTax is an estimate, influenced by many factors in your return.

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jwheel29910
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Mortgage Principal Increases Tax Owed

I do stand corrected, I meant to say interest not property tax.  My principal was 325K so that should be under the cap.  My interest was 8464.00.  I just do not understand why entering the principal value would would raise the amount of tax owed given it's under the 750K limit.  I am self-employed and use itemize vs standard.  Again I enter the interest value, the tax owed goes down, I enter the outstanding principal and it goes up, by over 2K, not a few dollars.

 

What other entry/factor causes interaction with the outstanding principal value?

 

Thank you.

PatriciaV
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Mortgage Principal Increases Tax Owed

For specific help with this issue, you may consider using TurboTax Live. This online service provides guidance from a tax expert, including screensharing where your experience could be demonstrated.

 

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Mortgage Principal Increases Tax Owed

Is this the only 1098 you have? If you have more than one, the total balance of all could be the issue. That aside, move on and continue to complete your return at least through the Deductions and Credits section. Stop and review Schedule A by clicking the Forms button to see if your property taxes and interest are correctly reported. After your review, click the Step-by-Step button to return to entering your taxes. Let the community know what you found.

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