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Originally Posted by **CodeSlinger** In 2009 I did a refi and paid $4100 in points. I knew I could not deduct them all that year, but I also did not amortize them each year since as suggested. I sold the home and paid off the mortgage in 2013 so want to take all the points as a deduction for 2913. My new accountant says I cannot do that, and can only deduct the remaining points as if I had been amortizing them and taking yearly deductions. I think that is wrong from every viewpoint and I should be able to deduct the remaining amount which happens to be the entire amount, and he says I lost those amortized point deductions since did not take them yearly. Is there any clear language that says I have to have been taking yearly amortized deductions and if I did not I lost them? Seems to the IRS benefit if I did not take the deductions yearly and take the whole thing now. Thanks, Dave |

points paid on purchases and points paid on a mortgage refinancing are treated differently;

, when you refinance your mortgage, if the same homeowner refinances his mortgage after two years, the deduction for the amount he paid in points will be amortized over the course of the loan. If he refinances and pays 2 points on a new $300k loan, his tax deduction of $6,000 under the refinancing scenario-(2 percent x $300k)-would be amortized over 30 years (the term of the new loan). The math in this case ($6k/30) results in a tax deduction of $200 per year for 30 years.

IRS stipulation won't make you wait 30 years to claim the entire deduction. as you sell the house, you can write-off the unclaimed portion of the deduction. In the above example, if the homeowner decides to sell his house after only two years after refinancing his mortgage, he can claim the remaining $5.6k, since he had deducted only two years at $200 on his taxes.