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California’s Top Ten Rental Property Tax Deductions



Rental real estate provides more tax benefits than almost any other investment. If you’re not taking advantage of these tax deductions then you are paying too much money!


The longer you hold your rental property, the lower they’ll charge you in taxes when you decide to sell.


Long-term capital gains are the profits that you make from the sale of a property you’ve held for more than a year. 


How do you benefit from this tax-wise?


Unlike short-term capital gains (profits from the sale of properties owned for less than a year), long-term gains have lower tax obligations.


Think of it as a discount from the IRS.


Here is an overview of California’s Top Ten Rental Property Tax Reductions that you can use year-to-year: 


1. Interest

Interest is often a landlord's single biggest deductible expense. Write off your:

  • Mortgage interest payments.

  • Home improvement loan interests.

  • And even credit card interest on products and services used in your rental property.

2. Depreciation for Rental Real Property

According to the IRS, rental properties have a productive lifespan of 27.5 years. Your property loses value each year. Landlords can get back the cost of real estate through depreciation. This involves deducting a portion of the cost of the property over several years.

  • To calculate your depreciation expense, here’s the formula: Depreciation expense = Actual value of the property divided by 27.5 years.

  • For example: If you own a $200,000 rental property, your depreciation expense would be: Annual depreciation expense = $200,000 / 27.5 = $7,273

  • Under these conditions, you’ll be allowed to deduct $7,273 depreciation expense from your gross taxable rental income each year.

3. Repairs

When something is broken and has to be replaced, this is a great way actually improve your property while getting a tax write off. These must be written off in the year in which they are incurred. Good examples of deductible repairs include:

  • Repainting

  • Fixing gutters or floors

  • Replacing broken windows.

  • Cleaning costs

  • Plumbing

  • Electrical repairs

4. Personal Property

The cost of personal property used in a rental activity can usually be deducted in one year using the de minimis safe harbor deduction (for property costing up to $2,000) or 100% bonus depreciation which will remain in effect for 2018 through 2022. Such personal property includes appliances or furniture in rental units and gardening equipment.


5. Pass-Through Tax Deduction

The cost of personal property used in a rental activity can usually be deducted in one year using the de minimis safe harbor deduction (for property costing up to $2,000) or 100% bonus depreciation which will remain in effect for 2018 through 2022. Such personal property includes appliances or furniture in rental units and gardening equipment.


6. Travel

Keep all your receipts. Landlords are entitled to a tax deduction for most of the driving they do for their rental activity. You are allowed to deduct your expenses whenever you travel to your rental property to:

  • Deal with tenant issues

  • Deliver supplies

  • Collect rent

  • The Purchase a spare part for a rental repair task

  • Fuel, vehicle repairs during your travel, airline tickets, hotel accommodation, and meals if you stay overnight also count as travel expenses. 

  • You can deduct vehicle-related expenses as the actual expenses you incur (repairs, upkeep, and gasoline), or using the standard mileage rate as per the IRS.

7. Home Office

Provided they meet certain minimal requirements, landlords may deduct their home office expenses from their taxable income. This deduction applies not only to space devoted to office work, but also to a workshop or any other home workspace you use for your rental business. This is true whether you own your home or apartment or are a renter.


8. Employees and Independent Contractors

Whenever you hire anyone to perform services for your rental activity, you can deduct their wages as a rental business expense. This is so whether the worker is an employee (for example, a resident manager) or an independent contractor (for example, a repair person).


9. Insurance

You can deduct the premiums you pay for almost any insurance for your rental activity. This includes fire, theft, and flood insurance for rental property, as well as landlord liability insurance. And if you have employees, you can deduct the cost of their health and workers' compensation insurance.


10. Legal and Professional Services

Finally, you can deduct fees that you pay to attorneys, accountants, property management companies, real estate investment advisors, and other professionals. These services and professionals must be there for rental-related activities such as:

  • Attorneys to help you with tenant eviction proceedings. 

  • Accountants to manage your property’s finances.

  • Property management companies to look after your rental property and so on.


Section 1031

As per Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, you can swap your rental property for another with little to no tax obligations. 


The 1031 exchange allows property investors to pass on their capital gains from one property to another without having to worry about taxes. 


You have to meet a few conditions in order to qualify for this tax benefit. 


For example:

  • Both properties – the new and the old one – must be considered “like-kind.”

  • The new property’s value must be greater than - or equal to - the value of your old property.

  • Neither of the properties should have been held for personal use.

  • The new property must be used for productive business purposes only.

To optimize deductions for personal and real estate, it is best to have a good accountant, particularly if you own a business and/or rental property.


If you would like to speak more about building wealth through real estate, book a FREE 15-minute discovery call with a Home Rentals LA representative.



Resources:


https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/top-ten-tax-deductions-landlords-29497.html


https://www.pinnaclepmc.com/blog/california-property-investment-tax-breaks


https://www.paramountpropertytaxappeal.com/blog/property-tax-write-offs-for-california-landlords/



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