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Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide

Description:    The only book on tax deductions specifically for residential landlords!

                Named a "Top 10 Real Estate Book" by Robert Bruss, syndicated real estate columnist

                If you own rental property, you should be taking advantage of the many tax write-offs available.
                Every Landlords Tax Deduction Guide gives residential landlords the plain-English guide they need
                to save money on taxes -- without the services of a pricey accounting firm.

                This book explains how to maximize your deductions without drawing the ire of the IRS. Find out
                how to:
                - fill out IRS Schedule E
                - take real estate tax credits
                - figure out if an expense is a repair (deductible) or an improvement (depreciable)
                - maximize your depreciation deductions
                - deduct losses arising from real estate ownership
                - keep proper tax records
                - deduct home office, travel, and casualty losses

                Every Landlords Tax Deduction Guide is comprehensive yet easy to read, and provides interesting
                real-world examples. The 5th edition is completely updated for 2008 returns and reflects the latest
                tax information and numbers.



Contents:       1. Tax Deduction Basics for Landlords

                How Landlords Are Taxed
                How Income Tax Deductions Work
                How Property Ownership Affects Taxes
                The IRS and the Landlord

                2. Landlord Tax Classifications

                The Landlord Tax Categories
                Business Owner Versus Investor
                Are You Profit Motivated?
                Real Estate Dealers

                3. Deducting Your Operating Expenses

                Requirements for Deducting Operating Expenses
                Operating Expenses That Are Not Deductible

                4. Repairs

                Repair Versus Improvement
                The General Plan of Improvement Rule: A Trap for the Unwary
                How to Deduct Repairs
                Tips for Maximizing Your Repair Deductions

                5. Depreciation Basics

                Depreciation: The Landlords Best Tax Break
                Understanding the Basics
                How to Depreciate Buildings
                Depreciating Land Improvements
Depreciating Personal Property
When You Sell Your Property
Tax Reporting and Record Keeping for Depreciation

6. Maximizing Your Depreciation Deductions

Determining the Value of Your Land and Buildings
Segmented Depreciation

7. Interest

Interest Landlords Can (and Cant) Deduct
Mortgage Interest
Other Interest Expenses
Points and Prepaid Interest
Interest on Construction Loans
Loans With Low or No Interest
Loans on Rental Property Used for Nonrental Purposes
Keeping Track of Borrowed Money

8. Start-Up Expenses

What Are Start-Up Expenses?
Determining Your Business Start Date
Avoiding the Start-Up Rules Bite
How to Deduct Start-Up Expenses
If Your Business Doesnt Last 15 Years
If Your Business Never Begins

9. The Home Office Deduction

Qualifying for the Home Office Deduction
Calculating the Home Office Deduction
IRS Reporting Requirements
Audit-Proofing Your Home Office Deduction
Deducting an Outside Office

10. Car and Local Transportation Expenses

Deductible Local Transportation Expenses
The Standard Mileage Rate
The Actual Expense Method
Other Local Transportation Expenses
Reporting Transportation Expenses on Your Tax Return

11. Travel Expenses

What Are Travel Expenses?
Deductible Travel Expenses
How Much You Can Deduct
Maximizing Your Travel Deductions

12. Hiring Help

Deducting Payments to Workers
Employees Versus Independent Contractors
Tax Rules When Hiring Independent Contractors
Tax Rules for Employees
Hiring Your Family
Hiring a Resident Manager

13. Casualty and Theft Losses
What Is a Casualty?
Calculating a Casualty Loss Deduction
Disaster Area Losses
Casualty Gains
Tax Reporting and Record Keeping for Casualty Losses

14. Additional Deductions

Dues and Subscriptions
Education Expenses
Gifts
Insurance for Your Rental Activity
Legal and Professional Services
Meals and Entertainment
Taxes
Unpaid Rent

15. Vacation Homes

The Vacation Home Tax Morass
Regular Rental Property
Tax-Free Vacation Home
Vacation Home Used as Rental Property
Vacation Home Used as Residence
Calculating Personal and Rental Use
Converting Your Home to a Rental Property

16. Deducting Rental Losses

What Are Rental Losses?
Overview of the Passive Loss Rules
The $25,000 Offset
The Real Estate Professional Exemption
Rental Activities Not Subject to PAL Real Property Rental Rules
Vacation Homes
Deducting Suspended Passive Losses
Tax Reporting for Passive Rental Losses
Strategies for Dealing With the Passive Loss Rules
At-Risk Rules
How to Deduct Rental Losses

17. Record Keeping and Accounting

Record Keeping Made Simple
Accounting Methods
Tax Years

18. All About Schedule E

Who Must File Schedule E?
Filling Out Schedule E
Schedule E Example

19. Claiming Tax Deductions for Prior Years

Reasons for Amending Your Tax Return
Time Limits for Filing Amended Returns
How to Amend Your Return
How the IRS Processes Refund Claims

20. Help Beyond This Book

Secondary Sources of Tax Information
            The Tax Law
            Consulting a Tax Professional

            Index



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