Category Archives: Depreciation

Rental Property

Today TaxMama hears from Sue in Nevada with a couple of questions. “I inherited rental property and must prepare for the 2008 tax return. Do I use fair market value as the cost basis in figuring the depreciation? Also, how do I calculate depreciation?”

HOA Income

Today TaxMama hears from Jan in Washington State who tells us. “I am on the board of a Homeowners Association. We take in about $20,000 and our expenses are $14,000 leaving $6,000 to go for future road maintenance. We also earn about $1,500 in interest. Can we deduct depreciation for our gate and camera (assets) […]

Selling Building

Today TaxMama hears from Oscar in Michigan who says, “I have a friend who wants to sell a commercial building that has been fully depreciated. She and her husband were co-owners of the building. Her husband died in 2001 when the building was appraised at $400,000.00. She is of the opinion that the appraised value […]

Writing off Software

Today TaxMama hears from Rodney in Texas who asks. “How do you determine the difference between a deduction that you can take in full in the year of purchase vs the deduction that is spread over many years? I am trying to relate this to software because some software is used without changing for many […]

Tooling Around

Today TaxMama hears from Mario in New York, who wants to know. “How do I deduct employee expenses such as expensive tools? IRS says for items lasting over a year, they should be depreciated. It looks like forms 4562 and 2106 carrying over to Schedule A should be used, but the tools are not listed […]

Section 179

Today TaxMama hears from IRA in California, who tells us . “This year I will have over $80,000 in Section 179 deductions for my sole proprietorship. Is this deduction a preference item for AMT purposes?”

Assessor vs FMV

Today TaxMama hears from Tim in California with this issue, “Can we use fair market value (FMV) to determine land valuation, leaving the rest of the purchase price as the value of the new rental house, for depreciation purposes? The assessor’s ratio usually isn’t in our best interest.”

Home to Rental

Today we hear from Bill in MD who tells us. “I have a single family home I lived in since 1995. I will be renting it out starting January 1st. What I like to do is set up a LLC in my name and sell the property to the LLC. Would this allow me to […]

Depreciation Catch-Up

Today, TaxMama hears from Susan in Georgia, who tells us, “I am in the process of selling a rental property. The question that I have is in regards to depreciation. I did not depreciate the property. Big mistake, I know. In my capital gains calculation, I understand that I have to account for the depreciation […]

Selling Your Home Office

Today TaxMama hears from Jon in Colorado, who’s been listening to friends. “My wife and I have a small business that we operate from our house in the country. We moved here eight years ago because it had a large detached four-car garage (1,100 SF), which we use as our studio. We also use two […]

Packing it In

Today TaxMama hears from Richard in McAllen Texas, who asks: “I am in the process of starting up a moving and packing business. It was my intention to purchase one or two used trucks—the type that the truck rental firms sell off after they have depreciated them to their fullest. My question: Will used vehicles […]