Subject: margin loan interest
From: D. Helm
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2004
We used a margin loan for personal living expenses while getting a business established. Is the interest tax deductible?
Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004
Interest paid to any source (other than certain home equity loans) where the loan was used to pay personal living expenses is not tax deductible. However, the tracing rules are fairly liberal, so you might be able to "trace" the loan proceeds to business expenditures. Consult with a tax advisor.
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