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in considering buying a used vehicle, a home equity loan for

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in considering buying a used vehicle, a home equity loan for an interest rate of about 2.99 percent verses a car loan which is 2.35 percent, which one would be more advantageous tax wise?
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Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Megan C replied 3 years ago.

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Thanks for asking your question! I'm sorry to hear about your tax issue and I'm going to try my best to help you understand or resolve it.

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With a home equity loan, you can deduct interest for up to $100,000 if the amount is not used to improve the property

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So, as long as your car was less than $100,000 and you don't have other existing equity loans that were not used to improve your residence you could deduct the interest

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You cannot deduct the interest on a car loan

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So, from a tax perspective, it is advantageous to get the home equity loan.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
nothing is deductible for a car loan? and the small difference in rate means we should go with the best rate or go where we can get a tax advantage?
Expert:  Megan C replied 3 years ago.
Nothing is deductible for a car loan. You would get the tax advantage going with an equity loan from your house. You should shop around for your best rates.

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