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Renting out a Vacation Home

Tax rules on rental income from second homes can be complicated, particularly if you rent the home out for several months of the year, but also use the home yourself. There is however, one provision that is not complicated. Homeowners who rent out their property for 14 or fewer days a year can pocket the rental income, tax-free. Known as the “Master’s exemption”, because it is used by homeowners, near the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA who rent out their homes during the Master’s Tournament (for as much as $20,000!). It is also used by homeowners who rent out their homes for movie productions or those whose residences are located near Super Bowl sites or national political conventions. Tip: If you live close to a vacation destination such as the beach or mountains, you may be able to make some extra cash by renting out your home (principal residence) when you go on vacation–as long as it’s two weeks or less. And, although you can’t take depreciation or deduct for maintenance, you can deduct mortgage interest and property taxes on Schedule A. In general, income from rental of a vacation home for 15 days or longer must be reported on your tax return on Schedule E, Supplemental Income and Loss. You should also keep in mind that the definition of a “vacation home” is not limited to a house. Apartments, condominiums, mobile homes, and boats are also considered vacation homes in the eyes of the IRS. Further, the IRS states that a vacation home is considered a residence if personal use exceeds 14 days or more than 10%...

2013 Mileage Rates

The standard mileage rates for calculating deductible costs for using a car, van, pickup or lightweight “panel” truck is 56.5 cents per mile for business travel. For other potentially deductible driving-related expenses, the rates are 24 cents per mile for medical purposes or when moving to a new residence (following additional rules), and 14 cents per mile for driving in the service of a charitable...

When does tax season start?

We here at chaoticcancellation are busy getting your end of year financials in order, reconciling December statements and generally getting caught from the end of the year 2012.  We hope that by mid-February, we will be able to start tax preparation and getting your tax returns done early and/or sending your financials to your CPA. January is our time to get caught up and the Internal Revenue Service has announced that it has revised its opening date for tax season, pushing it out just eight days to January 30, 2013. Normally, the tax season opens on January 22 each year however due to tax legislation, its been pushed out. The statement on the IRS website The IRS is currently reviewing the details of this week’s tax legislation and assessing what impact it will have on this year’s filing season. The IRS will soon make available additional information on when taxpayers can start filing 2012 tax returns. What this means is that the IRS will begin accepting tax returns on January 30, 2013. Most taxpayers should be able to file on that date though some taxpayers will have to wait a bit for revised forms. Those include folks claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits. Mid-February is when we will start processing tax returns for our...

Tax Changes for 2013: A Checklist

Welcome 2013! As the new year rolls around, it’s always a sure bet that there will be changes to the current tax law and 2013 is no different. From health savings accounts to retirement contributions here’s a checklist of tax changes to help you plan the year...