Home equity loan interest. If you take out a home equity loan, your interest payments may qualify for a deduction in addition to your mortgage interest. Beginning in 2018, only the amount that is used to buy, build, or improve your home qualifies for the interest deduction.
Your ability to discharge a home equity loan in bankruptcy depends on two critical factors: which chapter of bankruptcy you file and the home’s fair market value. If you file for Chapter 7 protection, your chances are nil if you want to keep the property. But if you file for Chapter 13, this form of bankruptcy can.