It’s tax season once again, and many homeowners wonder what deductions they can take on their federal taxes. Depending on the circumstances, home improvements on your Albuquerque home may have tax implications. Tax-deductible improvements may include any work done to raise the value of your home, increase its useful life, or allow for a new use of the property.
Home Improvements vs. Repairs
Your tax dollars on your home can be divided into two groups: improvements and repairs.
Your tax basis in your house can be increased by the cost of capital improvements. You calculate your profit by subtracting tax from your sales price. Therefore, this can only be utilized if you’re selling your home.
The term capital improvement refers to one of those things mentioned above-anything that adds value to a home, makes it useful, or prolongs its life. An example of a capital improvement might be an upgrade to the roof or new central air-conditioning.
Even small improvements count as capital improvements, such as a home security system or storm windows.
Your basis cannot be adjusted for repairs. Painting your home or installing gutters are examples of repairs.
Make sure you keep records of all the improvements you make to your home so you will have them if you decide to sell.
Home Office Tax Deductions
The building of a home office can both improve your home and save you taxes. Many people use one of their rooms exclusively as their work area, so you get a small deduction when you make improvements to the house.
A percentage of your home’s use can be deducted for any repairs which benefit your home.
The same is true if you rent out a part of your home, because improvements to that area might be deductible. Adding a bathroom to your rental home might be entirely tax deductible, as an example.
You might be able to deduct the costs of home modifications recommended by your provider to help you or to provide care for an aging family member. Such modifications might include ramps for wheelchairs and door modifications. However, if the improvement increases the value of your home, it isn’t tax deductible.
Upgraded Energy Systems
Credits for energy-efficient housing are offered by the IRS. A property that qualifies under the updated guidelines for April 2021 includes solar electric and solar water heaters, as well as a property with a fuel cell or small wind turbine. Geothermal heat pumps are also included.
An energy property tax credit is available for improvements such as replacing exterior windows and doors with energy-efficient ones, installing skylights, and installing metal or asphalt roofs. Updates include insulation and heating/air system upgrades that decrease energy consumption.
It is possible to save some taxes on your home by upgrading, but there are limitations. Tax professional advice is best if you’re unsure of anything as guidelines can change year to year.
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