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[8 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 1,783 views]
Mortgage interest deduction, Round 2

Thought the fight over the mortgage interest deduction was finished for awhile?
Well, apparently not. On Wednesday, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) said it was asking members to again let their congressmen know that getting rid of the mortgage interest deduction (or MID because some people believe everything should be turned into an acronym) is a terrible idea.
What prompted the NAR to issue another “call to action” to its members?
“Commission co-chairs Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles hailed the result, and predicted that parts of the plan would be adopted in …

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[4 Dec 2010 | 5 Comments | 3,968 views]
Mortgage interest deduction — safe for now

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — a task force put together by President Barack Obama — on Friday decided against sending a national budget reduction plan to Congress.
The budget reduction report, which was to save $4 trillion over 10 years, would have been presented to Congress if 14 of the 18 members on the commission approved of it. The final vote — 11 for the plan and 7 against — was just enough to keep the report from being taken up by Congress for consideration. Click here …