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Cityscape: Volume 16 Number 1 | Article 11


Housing, Contexts, and the Well-Being of Children and Youth

Volume 16 Number 1

Mark D. Shroder
Michelle P. Matuga

Congress Should Phase Out the Mortgage Interest Deduction

Eric Toder
Urban Institute

The mortgage interest deduction is one of the most expensive federal tax preferences. The Joint Committee on Taxation (2013) estimated that the deduction will cost about $380 billion from fiscal years 2013 through 2017. Homeowners also benefit from the deduction of real property taxes and the exemption of the first $250,000 ($500,000 for couples) of capital gains on the sale of principal residences.

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