According to a study just completed by NAHB, the benefits of the mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions are collected primarily by the middle class.
The deductions for mortgage interest and real estate taxes are important and long-established tax provisions that benefit homeowners and stakeholders in the housing sector. As a result of recent proposal to increase taxes to address the long-term federal budget structural deficit, these deductions have been called into question.
The data and estimates in the study demonstrate that the benefits of these deductions are collected primarily by middle-class taxpayers, with incomes between $50,000 and $200,000. Moreover, greater benefits are earned by larger households and families, such as those with children. The data also show that as a share of household income, larger benefits are collected by families with less than $200,000 income, meaning that these tax rules make the tax system more progressive.