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Rental Property Tax Deduction

Aug 17, 2007
As a landlord, you are raking in quite a lot of money, but your wallet air having a hole because of the taxing system. Here is a chance to get the best out the system.

A number of options are available to you, under which you can claim the benefits,
Some common deductible expenses include:

1. Interest: owners of rented property can use this as the biggest weapon. They can claim deductions on mortgage payments on acquisition and improvement of the property.

2. Depreciation: The cost of rental property can be recovered through depreciation. This benefit becomes available from year two. A landlord can continue to claim depreciation over a period of 27.5 years.

3. Repairs: repainting, tiling the floor, fixing leaks, plastering and replacing broken windows are considered as repairs in a rented property and are fully deductible in the same year in which the expenses are incurred. These repairs should be ordinary, necessary, and reasonable in amount and not capital improvements.

4. Travel: the landlord can claim benefits under the head when they travel to visit their tenants and also in the form of electrical and plumbing work.

5. Home Office: If landlords use a part of their houses solely for activities for their rental business, then they may deduct their home office expenses from their taxable income.

6. Losses: losses resulting from acts of nature can also be considered for deductions. But these are also dependable on the insurance claims too, as he can get a relief from there.

7. Insurance: Landlords can deduct the premiums they pay for any insurance for their rented property. This includes fire, theft, and flood insurance for rental property, as well as landlord liability insurance.

8. Services: Fees paid to attorneys, accountants, property management companies, real estate investment advisors, and other professionals are deductible provided their services are used for work related to rental activity.
Certain expenses cannot be deducted and these include loss of rental income due to vacancy, expenses incurred on modifications such as a room addition, new appliances, fencing, and a new roof and so on.

Hence if you know the rules, you can use them as a sword to stop the unnecessary money outflow. It is a double edge sword and work towards attaining some piece of property and peace of mind.
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