There are various key tax deductions for rental property owners that you should be aware of to lower your taxable income and enhance your profitability. In general, tax deductions are claimed for the tax year in which the expenses were incurred. It is critical to get the advice of a tax professional or accountant to ensure that you understand the exact rules and requirements for each deduction and that you maximize your benefits within the legal framework.
Alternatively, non-allowable tax deductions are costs that cannot be deducted to lower taxable income. Personal expenses unrelated to the rental property, such as personal trips, clothing, or groceries, are examples; as well as:
- Monthly mortgage payments. While mortgage interest and property taxes are both deductible, loan principal payments are not.
- Even when the entertainment is connected to your business, entertainment costs are not deductible. Business dinners, on the other hand, are still deductible, though the restrictions have changed under the new rule.
- Business gifts valued over $25 and given to any one person during the tax year are not deductible.
- Club dues, such as subscriptions to gyms, country clubs, or other clubs, are not deductible even if you are entertaining for business purposes.
- Capital improvement costs such as installing new windows or a new roof on your rental house, must be depreciated not deducted.
- Other taxes, including state income taxes and local sales tax. These should be included in your personal income tax return.
- Fines and penalties, such as those levied by the IRS for underpayment of a prior year’s taxes and late payment fines.
- Political contributions, including anything spent on lobbying costs or campaign events.
- Home office space unless it is used exclusively for business purposes. Even having a family computer in the room may mean that your home office deduction is disallowed.
Income tax write-offs, in the end, can be complicated and hard to grasp. You should seek the advice of a tax expert if you run into any problems or have questions about your taxes, but there are things you can do to make the most of your time and money in the meanwhile. With Real Property Management Success on your side, you’ll never have to wonder if you’re keeping track of the right items for tax deductions again.
Our Dartmouth property management staff is here to help you claim every legitimate tax deduction and avoid any issues with the IRS that could arise as a result of failing to comply with their regulations. With our assistance, you may prepare yourself for success during tax time and all year long. If you have any questions, please Contact us online or at 774-840-5140.
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