Call your member of congress today to protect the mortgage interest deduction
Congress, as part of negotiations on avoiding the “Fiscal Cliff,” has made direct references to
“closing loopholes” and “limiting deductions” as a way to raise revenues. Clearly, the mortgage
interest deduction is high on this list of revenue raisers.
Losing the mortgage interest deduction will disproportionately affect the middle class because a
larger proportion of the middle class takes the deduction. In California 89% of those who took
the mortgage interest deduction earned less than $200,000. Losing the deduction would cost
the average California taxpayer over $3,900.
What you can do to help:
Call Congress. First and foremost, we are urging the public to get involved by calling Congress
to ask that the mortgage interest deduction be preserved. The public may reach Congress by
calling 202-224-3121. The Capitol switchboard operator will help callers identify their member of
Congress and connect them.
The public can reach Congress by calling (202) 224-3121.
Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Eastern Time.
Get the word out. Many people seem to be blissfully unaware that their mortgage interest
deduction is in danger. Please do the following to make sure that the message spreads.
1. Forward this message to your family, friends, and clients.
2. Post this information on your personal and office websites and blogs.
3. Share this information on Facebook and urge others to share it as well.
4. Tweet about it on Twitter and urge others to retweet. Use the hashtag: #keepthemid.
5. Link to the following web page: www.KeepTheMID.com. This site has information about
contacting Congress, more information on the MID, and links to articles.
6. As you see new information and articles, share these on all your social networking sites.
Watch a video about preserving the MID at http://bcove.me/vfsh7hh4
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Miclot says that, under some conditions, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will waive the right to go after borrowers for the “deficiency” — the portion of the loan that goes unpaid after the home sale. To qualify for a waiver, the borrower will have to pay part of the deficiency or sign a contract promising to pay some of it.
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