When we refinanced the house at the end of 2003, Barb and I were still
together. We did the refinance with the mortgage in her name because we
got a better rate than we could do with my name.
This past year, we broke up. I moved to Des Moines and got an apartment
because I am working a contract job that requires me to be on-site. I've
been making house payments and rent payments, paying utilities on both
Comes time to do taxes, and I discover that because the mortgage is in
her name, I can't deduct the mortgage interest that I've been
paying, which is a pretty significant chunk of change.
Nor can I deduct the rent and hotel bills that I've chalked up since
I've been down here, because I wasn't actually doing any work there.
Those two things are the significant financial suck that I've had, and
not being able to take deductions on either one of those is making a
major dent in my ways-I-can-pay-less-taxes.
The next biggest category is the expensive home repair stuff. Since
technically I don't own the home, it also goes by the wayside.
Now here's the question:
I have a home office established for my business. Since the house is not
my primary residence, can the house payments that I've been making and
the repairs be considered rent? And would that not be a considerable
I am fully W-9, and an independent contractor.
Man, I hate this.