Depreciation Catch Up

Today TaxMama hears from Betty in Arizona, with this question. “ I realized that I didn’t deduct depreciation at all in my past 8 years tax returns. So I will use Form 3115 to capture all the depreciation. But this will create a big loss on Schedule E. Is this loss limited by Form 8582 for the total loss on rental of $25,000?”

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Dear Betty,

How astute of you to realize that you can use Form 3115 to catch up on all the unused depreciation.

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/499620.html

Sadly yes, your Schedule E rental property deductions will be limited to $25,000 per year.

But don’t despair! All is not lost. The suspended losses will still be there for you to use when the property starts showing profits. And if there are still suspended losses sitting there, when you sell the property you will be able to offset the gain with these losses – even if you sell the property at a loss. In fact, you can use up these losses each year, to bring you to the $25,000 loss level.

You can read more about Passive Loss rules in IRS Publication 925.

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p925/index.html

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