Do you dream of living on the sea? The IRS may be able to help you make that dream a reality.
“If you navigate several Internal Revenue Code Sections successfully, you can deduct interest on a boat loan as second-home mortgage interest.” (Can you ride a rising tide of deductions?)
With all of the housing market woes, there are still some ways that homeowners can get a break. However, make sure that you read the stipulations carefully and follow them to the letter.
Getting a mortgage interest deduction when you buy a houseboat is only an option for people who itemize their deductions. And any boat that you want to use to qualify as a second home must have features that are standard for living quarters (berth, bathroom and galley). Even if you claim you do not need all of this to live, the government will likely not accept your claim to a mortgage interest deduction if your home at sea does not have these things.
Also remember that boats do not tend to appreciate in values as a home on land can. So while you do not have to pay property taxes on a houseboat, you also are not able to deduct that expense as you can for a house on land.
Boats have long been used as instruments of both transport and commerce. More often than not these functions have been combined. Many people bought passage aboard ships that were also being used to send good from one place to another.