Glossary If this doesn't clear things up, just come in. We'll explain everything you need to know. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Click the first letter of the term you're searching for to get an easy-to-understand explanation. Household Services - Ordinary and usual services done in and around the taxpayer's home that are necessary to run their home, including the services of a housekeeper, maid, or cook, but not including the services of a chauffeur, bartender, or gardener. Hobby - An activity that is carried on for personal pleasure or recreation and is not entered into with the intention of making a profit. Holding Period - The length of time investment property has been held. Generally, the time between the date of purchase (or acquisition) and the date of sale (or disposition). The holding period for stocks and securities begins the day after the trade date and ends the day of sale. Home Mortgage Interest - Any interest an individual pays on a loan secured by their home (either their main home or a second home). The loan may be a mortgage to buy their home, a second mortgage, a line of credit, or a home equity loan.