Can you tell me if this questions has been answered? I see it, but do not see an answer. Matt, who is single, has always elected to itemize deductions rather than take the standard deduction. In pr

Can you tell me if this questions has been answered? I see it, but do not see an answer.

Matt, who is single, has always elected to itemize deductions rather than take the standard deduction. In prior years, his itemized deductions always exceeded the standard deduction by a substantial amount. As a result of paying off the mortgage on his residence, he projects that his itemized deductions for 2011 will exceed the standard deduction by only $500. Matt anticipates that the amount of his itemized deductions will remain about the same in the foreseeable future. Matt’s AGI is $150,000. He is investing the amount of his former mortgage payment each month in tax-exempt bonds that were issued four years ago. A friend recommends that Matt buy a beach house in order to increase his itemized deductions with the mortgage interest deduction. What are the relevant tax issues for Matt?

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