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Struttmann
Returning Member

TT 2020 appears to be not calculating mortgage amortized points correctly. TT is adding ALL of the original points, not just the points for this year. How do I fix this?

Using example numbers, let's say that I am amortizing $675 points over a 15 year loan, which is a $45 deduction this year.  That, added to $1000 of mortgage interest should give me a $1045 deduction this year.
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DawnC
Expert Alumni

TT 2020 appears to be not calculating mortgage amortized points correctly. TT is adding ALL of the original points, not just the points for this year. How do I fix this?

Some TurboTax customers are experiencing the following error message when running the Federal Error Check - 

 

Check This Entry:

Tax and Interest Deduction Worksheet: Limited Interest and Points must be entered

If you're experiencing  the error above,  please go here to receive email notifications when any updates related to this issue become available.

 

You are correct and it will be corrected in an upcoming update.  Points must be amortized (spread out evenly) over the life of the loan when they apply to a:

 

- Loan on a second home

- Home equity loan, or

- Loan to refinance your home (if not used for home improvements)

 

Amortization is per month, not per year.

 

Example:

Joe incurs $2,000 in points on a 30-year loan of 360 monthly payments. The first payment is for November of 2020. Only $11.12 is deductible for 2020 ($2,000 divided by 360 = $5.56 * two months = $11.12).

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Struttmann
Returning Member

TT 2020 appears to be not calculating mortgage amortized points correctly. TT is adding ALL of the original points, not just the points for this year. How do I fix this?

I agree, but that it not what I'm seeing in TT.

Using example numbers, let's say that I am amortizing $675 points over a 15 year loan, which is a $45 deduction this year.  That, added to $1000 of mortgage interest should give me a $1045 deduction this year.  TT, however, shows the deduction to be $1675.  That is not correct.  How do I fix?

MaryM428
Level 10

TT 2020 appears to be not calculating mortgage amortized points correctly. TT is adding ALL of the original points, not just the points for this year. How do I fix this?

There is a known issue with how TurboTax is calculating the mortgage points.  Please go here to receive email notifications when any updates related to this issue become available.

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