Category Archives: Rental Properties

Landlord Costs

  Today TaxMama hears from Eric in the TaxQuips Forum, who is a new landlord. “During periods of vacancy (in between tenants), are mortgage and utility bills tax deductible at all? Also are the costs of replacement furnace filters and pest control items, etc. purchased and used by me (the landlord) deductible as operating expenses?”  

Unreasonable Rent

  Today TaxMama hears from David in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “My mother has owned rental property for many years and she has a tenant in one side of a duplex that has been there about fifteen years.  My mother has always been reluctant to raise the rent on “good” tenants so this […]

Vacation to Orlando

Today TaxMama hears from Shaun in the TaxQuips Forum who wants to write off his vacation. “My son and I are traveling to Florida. I have a property in Jacksonville, FL that I need to check on. Can I fly in and out of Jacksonville to take care of business? Then drive to Orlando for […]

Helping Son Pay College Loans

Today TaxMama hears from Jack in the TaxQuips Forum who is bursting with pride over his son. “We are in more of a position to help my graduating son financially than when he started 3.5 years ago. He’s very sharp with investments. So we’re looking for ways to develop these skills while building cash to […]

Vacant Rental Property

Today TaxMama hears from Ed in the TaxQuips Forum who wants to know. “Can I still deduct my expenses on a rental house which sat vacant for 2010 on Schedule E?” 

TaxMama’s Tax Roundtable – March 2011 Session

March 17, 2011 TaxMama’s Tax Roundtable is a monthly live discussion open to all TaxMama Family Members and above, and all TaxMama’s EA Exam and Solving the Tax Puzzle Students. REPLAY today’s session below – you can listen and SEE the session and forms.

Home Office or Rent

Today TaxMama hears from Leslie in the TaxQuips Forum, who is quite clever. “I am helping a friend out with her business.  She currently takes a deduction for having a home office for the company that she runs out of her home. Would it benefit her more to charge the company rent?  I know she […]

TaxMama’s Tax Roundtable – February 2011 Session

Note: TaxMama’s Tax Roundtable is a monthly live discussion open to all TaxMama Family Members and above, and all TaxMama’s EA Exam and Solving the Tax Puzzle Students. Don’t you wish you were here?   REPLAY today’s session below – you can listen and SEE the session and forms. It will load slowly…perhaps slowly. But […]

Renting For Filming

Today TaxMama hears from York in the TaxQuips Forum, who has found an interesting income source. “We just received our first contract for our 1916 home to be used for a commercial. The shoot lasts 3 days and we will receive $9,000 – cool! It seems that the IRS (and somewhere on your site) state […]

Donating Real Estate

Today TaxMama hears from Peggi in the TaxQuips Forum, with this problem. “I have a rental house that is in a distressed area.  I cannot get it rented, it keeps getting broken into.  I can donate the house to the LRA for a tax credit.  Would this be more beneficial than trying to sell it […]