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ohbettyplease
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On the Home Equity interest deduction, what do they mean when they say "...funds used for "substantially"improving the home?

 
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JulieR
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On the Home Equity interest deduction, what do they mean when they say "...funds used for "substantially"improving the home?

A Substantial Improvement is one that improves or maintains your home's value.  Loan proceeds used for other purposes, such as paying off credit card debt or going on vacations, would not qualify for the mortgage interest deduction.

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JulieR
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On the Home Equity interest deduction, what do they mean when they say "...funds used for "substantially"improving the home?

A Substantial Improvement is one that improves or maintains your home's value.  Loan proceeds used for other purposes, such as paying off credit card debt or going on vacations, would not qualify for the mortgage interest deduction.

ohbettyplease
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On the Home Equity interest deduction, what do they mean when they say "...funds used for "substantially"improving the home?

hoped for more detail what was meant as "substantial" than something that generally maintains home's value....e.g. I'm in the home so that alone (my presence)  maintains my home's value but likely to increase the value by 100%, at least. increases my home value to an incredibly higher value . Thanks for the prompt answer. I was now able to realize my (even better this year) standardized ded coupled with the fact I've never needed to itemize made me realize I don't need the interest write off on my HELOIC anyway.....and that's just fine 🙂  xo
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