Homeowners who itemize tax deductions can deduct the interest on up to $750,000 of mortgage balances used to buy, build or improve a qualified home. Here’s how to figure out the impact of that tax deduction: What’s your marginal income tax bracket? In our example, we’re going to use a tax bracket of 24%.
What’s your mortgage rate? In our example, we’re going to use a mortgage rate of 5%.
What’s your after-tax interest rate?
Step 1: Express your tax bracket as a decimal: 24% = 0.24
Step 2: Subtract that number from the whole number one: 1 – 0.24 = 0.76
Step 3: Multiply that number by your interest rate: 5% x 0.76 = 3.8%
In this example, a 5% mortgage costs 3.8% after-tax for someone in a 24% tax bracket.
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PLEASE NOTE: THIS ARTICLE AND OVERVIEW IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL, TAX, OR FINANCIAL ADVICE. PLEASE CONSULT WITH A QUALIFIED TAX ADVISOR FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE PERTAINING TO YOUR SITUATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE ITEMS, PLEASE REFERENCE IRS PUBLICATION 936. Also, this article is not an offer or commitment to lend you money, and it is not an advertisement for a specific mortgage or a specific interest rate. Payment examples don’t include property taxes and home insurance.