Although Congress passed this law back in 2007 and extended it through this year (2011), this remains a common question for owners of real estate. Mortgage insurance is typically a monthly expense that occurs when a property is purchased with less than 20% down payment or refinanced with less than 20% equity.
Homeowners who itemize their income tax deductions on the Federal Schedule A tax form can claim the PMI by entering it on line 13, in the section entitled “Interest You Paid”. You should find this figure on the form 1098 mailed to you by your lender at the beginning of each new year. The deduction may be taken for coverage issued by the Federal Housing Administrations (FHA), Veterans Administration and the USDA Rural Housing Service as well as private insurers.
There are, of course, limitations and restrictions. For example, the PMI deduction is allowed provided you took out the mortgage on or after January 1, 2007. The total amount you may deduct may be limited or reduced based on your income and how you file (for example, married filing jointly vs. married filing separate returns). Above those maximum income limits the percentage of PMI you may deduct is reduced for every $1,000 that your income exceeds your particular limit. The current law allows this deduction through the end of this year.
For more general information checkout the following link on Bankrate.com:Deducting private mortgage insurance http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/deducting-private-mortgage-insurance.aspx#ixzz1Gand6lk2
Nothing discussed above should be construed as tax advice. Heed the caveat and always seek advice from a tax professional.
Paul Gonzales, Countywide Mortgage Lending (760) 746-7388 [email protected] NMLS CA-DOC290493