Report: Key mortgage tax break just helps the wealthy
The tax code is rife with home ownership incentives that are both popular with voters and staunchly defended by lawmakers. But it turns out the breaks mostly just help rich people buy pricier houses, according to a new report from the right-leaning R Street Institute. They “don’t encourage homeownership in any meaningful way,” the study’s author tells the Wall Street Journal. “People just end up buying larger homes.” He estimates that in Washington, DC, the subsides have increased the average home size by 1,400 square feet.