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How to Buy a Property at a Tax Sale

A property tax sale may present a financial opportunity to an investor or anyone looking to save money on a property. Local governments use property tax sales to collect overdue real estate taxes. State laws determine both how long taxes may go unpaid before the property goes up ...

How Is Rental Income Taxed in a Duplex?

Rental income from a duplex is taxed as regular income. You pay according to your ordinary state and federal income tax rate. The Internal Revenue Service, however, doesn't tax your gross rental income. They tax the profit that is left over after you subtract your expenses.

If I Sell a Rental House, Is it Taxable?

When you sell a rental house, you may have to pay capital gains taxes if you make a profit from the transaction. However, the Internal Revenue Code also provides an Ownership and Use Test that may get you off the hook, even if the sale leaves you with more money in your pocket ...

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 tax ...

How to Deduct the Operating Expenses of an Investment Property

You must pay federal, state and local income taxes on revenue you receive from your investment property. You can lower your income tax obligation by deducting all the expenses you incur for operating the property. Unlike depreciation, you can deduct operating expenses during the ...

What Can You Deduct on Your Taxes as a Homeowner With Rental Income?

As a landlord, you have to disclose your rental income to the Internal Revenue Service. But the U.S. tax code also allows you to claim certain expenses as deductions on your tax return. Report the write-offs in IRS Schedule E, “Supplemental Income and Loss,” which you must file ...

Tax Deductions for Land Held for Investment

When you purchase investment land, you can profit from the income the property generates or by the land’s appreciation in value. You can take tax deductions for your investment land as long as you do not use the land for personal use. The number of deductions you can take ...

Investments in Duplexes Vs. Single-Family Houses

Investing in real estate is a good way to diversify your investments and reduce the overall risk factor of your investment portfolio. The right real estate investment option for you, however, depends on your long-term financial goals and the time you can allot to property ...

Can Late Fees Be Deducted From a Tenant's Security Deposit?

A security deposit provides you with funds to cover any damages caused by your tenant, as well as back rent if the tenant moves out early or is evicted. In most states, you can deduct late fees from your tenant's deposit if rent payments are late, as long as the fees are ...

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