I'm gathering information for my US income taxes. I received $100 in interest on my savings account. However, I also paid $100 in interest on my overdraft line of credit. Do they cancel out such that I report $0 interest income?

  • Do you (not your business - you) ever -- have you ever -- deducted interest expenses on your tax return?
    – RonJohn
    Jan 8, 2021 at 22:22
  • Sure, mortgage interest. Jan 10, 2021 at 1:20

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No - interest expense is reported separately form interest income. One reason is that interest expense is an itemized deduction, so you could have interest income that is taxable, but not deduct any interest expense if you don't itemize because the standard deduction is more than your total itemized deductions.

Also note some interest expenses such as interest paid on a credit card or line of credit (other then possibly a HELOC) are not deductible anyways. So your interest expense may not even be deductible.

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