Tax deductions around the home

The deadline to file taxes is next week, and if you're still scrambling to find deductions, you should look no further than your own home. The home is filled with potential tax breaks - if you know where to find them. So before you put the finishing touches on your tax return, check out these write-offs around the home that could save you money.

Mortgage

Of all the possible tax breaks around the home, the home itself is likely to be your biggest write-off -- or more specifically, the interest on your mortgage. The U.S. government has long used the mortgage interest deduction as a way to encourage home ownership, creating an extra incentive for those looking to go from renting t