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Type of Property the IRS Considers Residential Rental Property

To the Internal Revenue Service, a residential rental property is any property that you own and rent out to other people. It can include a single house that you rent out, a vacation home that you rent on a weekly basis, half of an owner-occupied duplex or even a large apartment ...

Can I Deduct My Labor Expense for Investment Property Repairs?

You can typically deduct the cost of repairs, including labor costs, from your earnings for an investment property, but you cannot typically take an immediate, full deduction for the cost of renovations, upgrades, anything that changes the function or purpose of the structure or ...

Do Rental Property Losses Come off of Your Taxable Income?

Rental property income gets reported on line 17 of your 1040 tax return as taxable income. If you make $10,000 on your rental activities, the Internal Revenue Service requires you to pay your marginal income tax rate on it. If you lose money on a rental, though, your ability to ...

How to Calculate Capital Gains Sale of Investment Property on Which Mortgage Is Owed?

When you sell investment property, all of your profits are subject to either capital gains tax or depreciation recapture tax, which is a special type of capital gains tax. Your tax gets calculated on the difference between your cost basis and your selling price. Any debt that ...

Vacation Home vs. Investment Property

Vacation homes are often investment properties, because the owner of a vacation home hopes the property proves to be a good long-term investment. When that home is a rental or income-producing property, however, "investment" means something different and has different ...

Long-Term Vs. Short-Term Capital Gains in Real Estate

"Capital gains," whether associated with real estate or not, is the term used by the IRS to denote a profit made on an investment. The difference between short- and long-term capital gains is the length of time a taxpayer holds the investment. If there is a loss of ...

How Do I Deduct the Interest on an Equity Line for an Investment Property?

The Internal Revenue Service doesn't limit the amount of interest you can write off against your investment property, so if you paid interest on behalf of your property, it's an allowed expense on Schedule E. You can even write off interest that isn't secured by your rental ...

How to Buy a Piece of Land

If you’re a first-time land shopper, the process of buying property may seem daunting at first, but look at it this way: People have been buying vacant property since the United States was settled hundreds of years ago. Back in the day, a buyer didn’t even have to be ...

Tax Deductions for Owner-Occupied Rental Property

Owner-occupied rental property gives you access to two different pools of potential tax deductions. The part of the property that you occupy is treated as your house, and you can write off anything that you'd write off on as an itemized deduction on a single-family residence. ...

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