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Plan Ahead for Vacation Home Rentals

During the summer, people often rent out their property. They usually think about things such as cleanup and maintenance, but owners also need to be aware of the tax implications of residential and vacation home rentals.

If you receive money for the use of a house that’s also used as a someone’s personal residence, it generally requires reporting the rental income on a tax return.

Vacation Home.  This may be a house, an apartment, condominium, mobile home, boat, vacation home, or similar property. It’s possible to use more than one unit as a residence during the year.

Used as a Home.  When the property is used as a home, the rental expense deduction is limited. This means the rental expenses cannot be more than the rent received.

Personal Use.  Personal use means use by the owner, owner’s family, friends, other property owners, and their families. Personal use includes anyone paying less than a fair rental price.

Divide Expenses. Generally, special rules apply to the rental expenses of a property that’s used by the taxpayer as a residence during the taxable year. Usually, rental income must be reported in full and any expenses need to be divided between personal and business purposes.

Special Rules.  If the home unit is rented out fewer than 15 days during the year, none of the rental income is reportable and none of the rental expenses are deductible.

 

For more information on vacation home rentals, always consult a Certified Public Accountant.  Submitted by: Ying Wang, Senior Manager, Tax Services, Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs. To ask Ying a question, contact her here.

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