Contrary to early reports, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 allows taxpayers who buy, build or substantially improve their homes using either a home equity loan, home equity lines of credit (HELOC) or second mortgages to deduct interest on the loans. That's the good news. But if you take out the loan to pay for personal living expenses—credit card debt, for instance—you can't deduct the interest from your taxes.
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