There's great news for homeowners! Congress recently extended legislation making private mortgage insurance (PMI) premiums tax deductible through 2011!
So why is this significant? PMI can help people buy a home sooner, by enabling them to put less than 20% of the purchase price down when buying a home. This increase in purchasing power can sometimes be the difference between affording the home of your dreams...or not.
What's more, this deduction is not just for first-time homebuyers, so it can be used by current homeowners looking to upgrade to a new home. However, it does only apply to "qualified" residences, which typically include a primary residence and a vacation home, but not an investment property.
It's important to note that PMI is only tax deductible for homeowners with adjusted gross incomes of less than $110,000. Borrowers with adjusted gross incomes up to $100,000 may be able to deduct 100% of their 2011 premiums. Deductions are phased out in 10% increments for borrowers with adjusted gross incomes between $100,000 and $109,000.