What You Need to Know About Form 1098
The 1098 is used to report mortgage interest (including points) and certain mortgage insurance premiums of $600 or more received from an individual (including sole proprietors) during the course of trade or business. Reimbursements of overpaid mortgage interest apply, as well.
A mortgage is defined by the IRS as “any obligation secured by real property,” which includes land and almost anything built on it, growing on it or attached to it.
Because the 1098 applies to each mortgage, multiple mortgages require separate filings if the $600 threshold is reached. The 1098 is not required for mortgage interest received from corporations, partnerships, trusts, estates, associations, or other entities that are not sole proprietors.
Applicable businesses: Banks, mortgage companies
When to file: 1098 forms must be mailed to recipients by January 31, and e-filed with the IRS by March 31 each year.