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An interest deduction is any deduction of interest payments that one can take on one's IRS 1040 form as a way to lower one's taxable income for the year. Not any interest payment qualifies as an interest deduction. Some examples of the qualifying interest deduction are interest paid on home mortgages, student loans, and various business expenses. Strict rules apply to anyone interested in taking an interest deduction. For example, student loan payments require that the person have taken the loan to pay for his or her own expenses, or the expenses of a spouse or dependent. An interest deduction for a home mortgage is recorded on Schedule A as a part of one's itemized deductions. A business interest deduction is taken on Schedule C, and an interest deduction for a student loan is recorded directly on Form 1040.



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