Mortgage interest deduction on the line again

2012 budget would trim itemized deductions for the wealthy

The Obama administration’s proposed 2012 budget would trim the value of itemized deductions for high-income taxpayers by nearly one-third, reducing the tax benefit some homeowners with mortgages receive if they itemize the interest portion of their loan payments on their tax returns.

The administration proposed such a measure as part of last year’s budget negotiations, but Congress did not approve it.

In this year’s budget message, President Obama pitched a cut in itemized deductions for the wealthy as a means for paying for the cost of protecting middle-class taxpayers from having to pay the Alternative Minimum Tax, or AMT.