Spring has sprung in Fort Collins and Loveland again! That’s the good news. The bad news is this also means it’s tax time. It’s common during this time of year for me to receive a few questions regarding taxes and reverse mortgage – from both those considering a reverse mortgage, and those who already have a reverse mortgage.
Here are the two most common:
Are the funds from my reverse mortgage considered taxable income?
No. Because the funds received from a reverse mortgage are technically an advance on a loan, any payments or lump sums received are not taxable income, meaning they do not need to be reported on a tax return as such. They also typically do not affect Social Security or Medicare payments.
Is the interest from my loan deductible?
No. Because reverse mortgage holders do not make monthly mortgage payments and typically the interest is not paid until the loan is paid in full, the interest from a reverse mortgage loan is not deductible on a tax return. This is also the case with a reverse mortgage for purchase loan.
FHA insured reverse mortgages are available to homeowners 62 and older with no credit or income requirements until April 27th, 2015 (at this time some changes will take place to the qualifying process). These loans allow the borrower to live mortgage payment free and receive their loan payment in one lump sum or in monthly installments. All borrowers are required to participate in third party counseling to ensure all their questions are adequately answered before making a decision. Reverse mortgages are also available to purchase a new residence.
Jan Jordan is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder and other Front Range areas of Colorado. Click here to contact Jan and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.