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cthomasmn3
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My boyfriend and I own a home together and I'm on the mortgage as the second payer/borrower, can I file taxes under 1098 since I pay half the mortgage?

My boyfriend and I own a home together and I'm listed second under the borrower/payer. Can we both file the 1098 or is he the only one who can file it yearly?
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xmasbaby0
Level 15

My boyfriend and I own a home together and I'm on the mortgage as the second payer/borrower, can I file taxes under 1098 since I pay half the mortgage?

If you both paid and are both on the mortgage then you can each enter the amounts you paid in 2020 on your tax returns.   

 

Go to Federal> Deductions and Credits> Your Home to enter mortgage interest, property taxes, private mortgage insurance (PMI) and loan origination fees (“points”) that you paid in 2020.  You should have a 1098 from your mortgage lender that shows this information.  Lenders send these in January/early February.

 

 

HOMEOWNERSHIP DEDUCTIONS

 

It is very hard for a lot of people to use itemized deductions now that the standard deduction is so much higher.  Your home ownership may not have any effect on your tax due or refund, especially if you purchased the house late in the year.  

Standard Deduction
Your itemized deductions have to be more than your standard deduction before you will see a change in your tax owed or tax refund.  The deductions you enter do not necessarily count “dollar for dollar;” many of them are subject to meeting  tough thresholds—medical expenses, for example, must meet a threshold that is pretty hard to reach.  The software program uses all the IRS rules that apply to the expenses you enter, and it tells you if you have enough to use your itemized deductions or if using the standard deduction is more advantageous for you.  Under the new tax laws, some deductions have been capped—there is a $10,000 limit to the itemized deductions for state, local, property and sales taxes. 

 

 

2020 Standard Deduction Amounts

 

Single $12,400   (+ $1650 65 or older)

Married Filing Separate  $12,400   (+ $1300 if 65 or older)

Married Filing Jointly $24,800   (+ $1300 for each spouse 65 or older)

Head of Household $18,650  (+ $1650 for 65 or older)

 

 

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
cthomasmn3
New Member

My boyfriend and I own a home together and I'm on the mortgage as the second payer/borrower, can I file taxes under 1098 since I pay half the mortgage?

We both contribute to the mortgage and the taxes etc are paid via the total monthly payments. Would we each enter half of the #'s or all of them as is?

Hal_Al
Level 15

My boyfriend and I own a home together and I'm on the mortgage as the second payer/borrower, can I file taxes under 1098 since I pay half the mortgage?

You can, but you don't want to.

 

You pretty much have a choice. One can claim it all or you can split it. It's usually best if only one claims it, allowing the other to use the standard deduction.

You have to meet the rules, which are:

  1. You are legally obligated to pay it
  2. You actually pay it. Paying from a joint account where you made sufficient deposits to cover the payments will usually meet this standard. However. paying from your own account would be a stronger audit defense. 
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