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Deductions from Purchases and Non-Deductible ItemsPrepaid Interest. During the current year, Richard and
Alisha, a married couple who use the cash method of accounting, purchased a
principal residence for $320,000. They paid $40,000 down and financed the
remaining $280,000 of the purchase price with a 30-year mortgage. At the
closing, they also paid $500 for an appraisal, $500 for a title search, and 1.5
points representing additional interest over the term of the loan. At the end
of the year, Richard and Alisha received a statement from the mortgage company
indicating that $12,000 of their total monthly payments made during the year
represents interest and $1,000 is a reduction of the principal balance.a. What is the total amount Richard and Alisha may deduct in
the current year arising from the purchase and ownership of their home?
b. What is the treatment of the other items that are not
deductible?