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File late 4. File late   Special Situations Table of Contents Condominiums CooperativesDepreciation Property Changed to Rental UseBasis of Property Changed to Rental Use Figuring the Depreciation Deduction Renting Part of Property Not Rented for ProfitPostponing decision. File late Example—Property Changed to Rental Use This chapter discusses some rental real estate activities that are subject to additional rules. File late Condominiums A condominium is most often a dwelling unit in a multi-unit building, but can also take other forms, such as a townhouse or garden apartment. File late If you own a condominium, you also own a share of the common elements, such as land, lobbies, elevators, and service areas. File late You and the other condominium owners may pay dues or assessments to a special corporation that is organized to take care of the common elements. File late Special rules apply if you rent your condominium to others. File late You can deduct as rental expenses all the expenses discussed in chapters 1 and 2. File late In addition, you can deduct any dues or assessments paid for maintenance of the common elements. File late You cannot deduct special assessments you pay to a condominium management corporation for improvements. File late However, you may be able to recover your share of the cost of any improvement by taking depreciation. File late Cooperatives If you live in a cooperative, you do not own your apartment. File late Instead, a corporation owns the apartments and you are a tenant-stockholder in the cooperative housing corporation. File late If you rent your apartment to others, you usually can deduct, as a rental expense, all the maintenance fees you pay to the cooperative housing corporation. File late In addition to the maintenance fees paid to the cooperative housing corporation, you can deduct your direct payments for repairs, upkeep, and other rental expenses, including interest paid on a loan used to buy your stock in the corporation. File late Depreciation You will be depreciating your stock in the corporation rather than the apartment itself. File late Figure your depreciation deduction as follows. File late Figure the depreciation for all the depreciable real property owned by the corporation. File late (Depreciation methods are discussed in chapter 2 of this publication and Publication 946. File late ) If you bought your cooperative stock after its first offering, figure the depreciable basis of this property as follows. File late Multiply your cost per share by the total number of outstanding shares. File late Add to the amount figured in (a) any mortgage debt on the property on the date you bought the stock. File late Subtract from the amount figured in (b) any mortgage debt that is not for the depreciable real property, such as the part for the land. File late Subtract from the amount figured in (1) any depreciation for space owned by the corporation that can be rented but cannot be lived in by tenant-stockholders. File late Divide the number of your shares of stock by the total number of shares outstanding, including any shares held by the corporation. File late Multiply the result of (2) by the percentage you figured in (3). File late This is your depreciation on the stock. File late Your depreciation deduction for the year cannot be more than the part of your adjusted basis (defined in chapter 2) in the stock of the corporation that is allocable to your rental property. File late Payments added to capital account. File late   Payments earmarked for a capital asset or improvement, or otherwise charged to the corporation's capital account are added to the basis of your stock in the corporation. File late For example, you cannot deduct a payment used to pave a community parking lot, install a new roof, or pay the principal of the corporation's mortgage. File late   Treat as a capital cost the amount you were assessed for capital items. File late This cannot be more than the amount by which your payments to the corporation exceeded your share of the corporation's mortgage interest and real estate taxes. File late   Your share of interest and taxes is the amount the corporation elected to allocate to you, if it reasonably reflects those expenses for your apartment. File late Otherwise, figure your share in the following manner. File late Divide the number of your shares of stock by the total number of shares outstanding, including any shares held by the corporation. File late Multiply the corporation's deductible interest by the number you figured in (1). File late This is your share of the interest. File late Multiply the corporation's deductible taxes by the number you figured in (1). File late This is your share of the taxes. File late Property Changed to Rental Use If you change your home or other property (or a part of it) to rental use at any time other than the beginning of your tax year, you must divide yearly expenses, such as taxes and insurance, between rental use and personal use. File late You can deduct as rental expenses only the part of the expense that is for the part of the year the property was used or held for rental purposes. File late You cannot deduct depreciation or insurance for the part of the year the property was held for personal use. File late However, you can include the home mortgage interest, qualified mortgage insurance premiums, and real estate tax expenses for the part of the year the property was held for personal use as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). File late Example. File late Your tax year is the calendar year. File late You moved from your home in May and started renting it out on June 1. File late You can deduct as rental expenses seven-twelfths of your yearly expenses, such as taxes and insurance. File late Starting with June, you can deduct as rental expenses the amounts you pay for items generally billed monthly, such as utilities. File late When figuring depreciation, treat the property as placed in service on June 1. File late Basis of Property Changed to Rental Use When you change property you held for personal use to rental use (for example, you rent your former home), the basis for depreciation will be the lesser of fair market value or adjusted basis on the date of conversion. File late Fair market value. File late   This is the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts. File late Sales of similar property, on or about the same date, may be helpful in figuring the fair market value of the property. File late Figuring the basis. File late   The basis for depreciation is the lesser of: The fair market value of the property on the date you changed it to rental use, or Your adjusted basis on the date of the change—that is, your original cost or other basis of the property, plus the cost of permanent additions or improvements since you acquired it, minus deductions for any casualty or theft losses claimed on earlier years' income tax returns and other decreases to basis. File late For other increases and decreases to basis, see Adjusted Basis in chapter 2. File late Example. File late Several years ago you built your home for $140,000 on a lot that cost you $14,000. File late Before changing the property to rental use this year, you added $28,000 of permanent improvements to the house and claimed a $3,500 casualty loss deduction for damage to the house. File late Part of the improvements qualified for a $500 residential energy credit, which you claimed on your 2010 tax return. File late Because land is not depreciable, you can only include the cost of the house when figuring the basis for depreciation. File late The adjusted basis of the house at the time of the change in its use was $164,000 ($140,000 + $28,000 − $3,500 − $500). File late On the date of the change in use, your property had a fair market value of $168,000, of which $21,000 was for the land and $147,000 was for the house. File late The basis for depreciation on the house is the fair market value on the date of the change ($147,000), because it is less than your adjusted basis ($164,000). File late Cooperatives If you change your cooperative apartment to rental use, figure your allowable depreciation as explained earlier. File late (Depreciation methods are discussed in chapter 2 of this publication and Publication 946. File late ) The basis of all the depreciable real property owned by the cooperative housing corporation is the smaller of the following amounts. File late The fair market value of the property on the date you change your apartment to rental use. File late This is considered to be the same as the corporation's adjusted basis minus straight line depreciation, unless this value is unrealistic. File late The corporation's adjusted basis in the property on that date. File late Do not subtract depreciation when figuring the corporation's adjusted basis. File late If you bought the stock after its first offering, the corporation's adjusted basis in the property is the amount figured in (1) under Depreciation (under Cooperatives, near the beginning of this chapter). File late The fair market value of the property is considered to be the same as the corporation's adjusted basis figured in this way minus straight line depreciation, unless the value is unrealistic. File late Figuring the Depreciation Deduction To figure the deduction, use the depreciation system in effect when you convert your residence to rental use. File late Generally, that will be MACRS for any conversion after 1986. File late Treat the property as placed in service on the conversion date. File late Example. File late Your converted residence (see previous example under Figuring the basis) was available for rent on August 1. File late Using Table 2-2d (see chapter 2), the percentage for Year 1 beginning in August is 1. File late 364% and the depreciation deduction for Year 1 is $2,005 ($147,000 × . File late 01364). File late Renting Part of Property If you rent part of your property, you must divide certain expenses between the part of the property used for rental purposes and the part of the property used for personal purposes, as though you actually had two separate pieces of property. File late You can deduct the expenses related to the part of the property used for rental purposes, such as home mortgage interest, qualified mortgage insurance premiums, and real estate taxes, as rental expenses on Schedule E (Form 1040). File late You can also deduct as rental expenses a portion of other expenses that normally are nondeductible personal expenses, such as expenses for electricity, or painting the outside of the house. File late There is no change in the types of expenses deductible for the personal-use part of your property. File late Generally, these expenses may be deducted only if you itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). File late You cannot deduct any part of the cost of the first phone line even if your tenants have unlimited use of it. File late You do not have to divide the expenses that belong only to the rental part of your property. File late For example, if you paint a room that you rent, or if you pay premiums for liability insurance in connection with renting a room in your home, your entire cost is a rental expense. File late If you install a second phone line strictly for your tenant's use, all of the cost of the second line is deductible as a rental expense. File late You can deduct depreciation on the part of the house used for rental purposes as well as on the furniture and equipment you use for rental purposes. File late How to divide expenses. File late   If an expense is for both rental use and personal use, such as mortgage interest or heat for the entire house, you must divide the expense between rental use and personal use. File late You can use any reasonable method for dividing the expense. File late It may be reasonable to divide the cost of some items (for example, water) based on the number of people using them. File late The two most common methods for dividing an expense are (1) the number of rooms in your home, and (2) the square footage of your home. File late Example. File late You rent a room in your house. File late The room is 12 × 15 feet, or 180 square feet. File late Your entire house has 1,800 square feet of floor space. File late You can deduct as a rental expense 10% of any expense that must be divided between rental use and personal use. File late If your heating bill for the year for the entire house was $600, $60 ($600 × . File late 10) is a rental expense. File late The balance, $540, is a personal expense that you cannot deduct. File late Duplex. File late   A common situation is the duplex where you live in one unit and rent out the other. File late Certain expenses apply to the entire property, such as mortgage interest and real estate taxes, and must be split to determine rental and personal expenses. File late Example. File late You own a duplex and live in one half, renting the other half. File late Both units are approximately the same size. File late Last year, you paid a total of $10,000 mortgage interest and $2,000 real estate taxes for the entire property. File late You can deduct $5,000 mortgage interest and $1,000 real estate taxes on Schedule E (Form 1040), and if you itemize your deductions, you can deduct the other $5,000 mortgage interest and $1,000 real estate taxes on Schedule A (Form 1040). File late Not Rented for Profit If you do not rent your property to make a profit, you can deduct your rental expenses only up to the amount of your rental income. File late You cannot deduct a loss or carry forward to the next year any rental expenses that are more than your rental income for the year. File late Where to report. File late   Report your not-for-profit rental income on Form 1040 or 1040NR, line 21. File late For example, if you are filing Form 1040, you can include your mortgage interest and any qualified mortgage insurance premiums (if you use the property as your main home or second home), real estate taxes, and casualty losses on the appropriate lines of Schedule A (Form 1040) if you itemize your deductions. File late   If you itemize your deductions, claim your other rental expenses, subject to the rules explained in chapter 1 of Publication 535, as miscellaneous itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 9. File late You can deduct these expenses only if they, together with certain other miscellaneous itemized deductions, total more than 2% of your adjusted gross income. File late Presumption of profit. File late   If your rental income is more than your rental expenses for at least 3 years out of a period of 5 consecutive years, you are presumed to be renting your property to make a profit. File late Postponing decision. File late   If you are starting your rental activity and do not have 3 years showing a profit, you can elect to have the presumption made after you have the 5 years of experience required by the test. File late You may choose to postpone the decision of whether the rental is for profit by filing Form 5213. File late You must file Form 5213 within 3 years after the due date of your return (determined without extensions) for the year in which you first carried on the activity or, if earlier, within 60 days after receiving written notice from the Internal Revenue Service proposing to disallow deductions attributable to the activity. File late More information. File late   For more information about the rules for an activity not engaged in for profit, see Not-for-Profit Activities in chapter 1 of Publication 535. File late Example—Property Changed to Rental Use In January, Eileen Johnson bought a condominium apartment to live in. File late Instead of selling the house she had been living in, she decided to change it to rental property. File late Eileen selected a tenant and started renting the house on February 1. File late Eileen charges $750 a month for rent and collects it herself. File late Eileen also received a $750 security deposit from her tenant. File late Because she plans to return it to her tenant at the end of the lease, she does not include it in her income. File late Her rental expenses for the year are as follows. File late   Mortgage interest $1,800     Fire insurance (1-year policy) 100     Miscellaneous repairs (after renting) 297     Real estate taxes imposed and paid 1,200   Eileen must divide the real estate taxes, mortgage interest, and fire insurance between the personal use of the property and the rental use of the property. File late She can deduct eleven-twelfths of these expenses as rental expenses. File late She can include the balance of the allowable taxes and mortgage interest on Schedule A (Form 1040) if she itemizes. File late She cannot deduct the balance of the fire insurance because it is a personal expense. File late Eileen bought this house in 1984 for $35,000. File late Her property tax was based on assessed values of $10,000 for the land and $25,000 for the house. File late Before changing it to rental property, Eileen added several improvements to the house. File late She figures her adjusted basis as follows:   Improvements Cost     House $25,000     Remodeled kitchen 4,200     Recreation room 5,800     New roof 1,600     Patio and deck 2,400     Adjusted basis $39,000   On February 1, when Eileen changed her house to rental property, the property had a fair market value of $152,000. File late Of this amount, $35,000 was for the land and $117,000 was for the house. File late Because Eileen's adjusted basis is less than the fair market value on the date of the change, Eileen uses $39,000 as her basis for depreciation. File late As specified for residential rental property, Eileen must use the straight line method of depreciation over the GDS or ADS recovery period. File late She chooses the GDS recovery period of 27. File late 5 years. File late She uses Table 2-2d to find her depreciation percentage. File late Since she placed the property in service in February, the percentage is 3. File late 182%. File late On April 1, Eileen bought a new dishwasher for the rental property at a cost of $425. File late The dishwasher is personal property used in a rental real estate activity, which has a 5-year recovery period. File late She uses Table 2-2a to find the percentage for Year 1 under “Half-year convention” (20%) to figure her depreciation deduction. File late On May 1, Eileen paid $4,000 to have a furnace installed in the house. File late The furnace is residential rental property. File late Because she placed the property in service in May, the percentage from Table 2-2d is 2. File late 273%. File late Eileen figures her net rental income or loss for the house as follows: Total rental income received  ($750 × 11) $8,250 Minus: Expenses     Mortgage interest ($1,800 × 11/12) $1,650   Fire insurance ($100 × 11/12) 92   Miscellaneous repairs 297   Real estate taxes ($1,200 × 11/12) 1,100   Total expenses 3,139 Balance $5,111 Minus: Depreciation     House ($39,000 × . File late 03182) $1,241   Dishwasher ($425 × . File late 20) 85   Furnace ($4,000 × . File late 02273) 91   Total depreciation 1,417 Net rental income for house   $3,694       Eileen uses Schedule E, Part I, to report her rental income and expenses. File late She enters her income, expenses, and depreciation for the house in the column for Property A. File late Since all property was placed in service this year, Eileen must use Form 4562 to figure the depreciation. File late See the Instructions for Form 4562 for more information on preparing the form. File late Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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