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10-15-2015, 01:14 PM
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taking out home equity loan‏ to pay down student loan

Hi all.

I did the following rough calculation on the potential benefits of taking out a home equity loan in order to pay down a student loan (of size \$113,000). We cannot deduct student loan interest because our household income is too high. So an accountant mentioned the possibility of taking out a home equity loan (HEL) and deducting the interest from that HEL loan.

Assuming a 3.85% HEL interest rate, and a HEL loan of size \$113,000, to be paid back over 15 years. Total yearly HEL interest, potentially tax deductible, is about \$4,200. Assuming our top income tax rate is 28%, we save \$4,200*.28=\$1,176 on our taxes.

We are losing about 3.85-2=1.85% in interest rate, since the student loans have a 2% interest rate. A 15-year loan of \$113,000 at 1.85% has a yearly payment (int+principal) of \$8,628 per year. That is a big loss that largely offsets the tax savings.

Is there anything wrong with my thinking?

10-16-2015, 01:02 AM
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I did the following rough calculation on the potential benefits of taking out a home equity loan in order to pay down a student loan (of size \$113,000). We cannot deduct student loan interest because our household income is too high.==>Correct;to claim it, Your Modified Adjusted Gross Income should be below the upper threshold specified by the IRS.

So an accountant mentioned the possibility of taking out a home equity loan (HEL) and deducting the interest from that HEL loan.

Assuming a 3.85% HEL interest rate, and a HEL loan of size \$113,000, to be paid back over 15 years. Total yearly HEL interest, potentially tax deductible, is about \$4,200. Assuming our top income tax rate is 28%, we save \$4,200*.28=\$1,176 on our taxes.===>>Correct.

We are losing about 3.85-2=1.85% in interest rate, since the student loans have a 2% interest rate. A 15-year loan of \$113,000 at 1.85% has a yearly payment (int+principal) of \$8,628 per year. That is a big loss that largely offsets the tax savings.======>it depends. HEL secured by your main home or a second home qualify for the home mortgage interest deduction. Mortgages include a mortgage to buy your home, a second mortgage, a line of credit or a home equity loan. So, You

need to subtract principal expense from the amt of \$8,628.Also asyou can see, aslongas you itemize deductions on Sch A of 1040, you can claim your mortgage loan interest expenses. UNLESS you itemize deductions, you can not claim mortgage interest expenses.

Is there anything wrong with my thinking?====>>As mentioned above.

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