Home Remodeling: Which Expenses Are Tax Deductible?

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If you’re making home improvements, such as remodeling your bathroom, you know that it can add value to  your home. However, you may be curious if these improvements can offer a tax break immediately. Let’s take a look.

It Happens When the Home Sells

Home improvements offer tax relief after you sell your house. When renovating your house, make sure you write down the expenses and double check with an accountant to make sure it’s tax deductible. With that said, there are a few ways you can get some immediate deductions. These include:

Improving Your Home Office

Work at home? Then you may get immediate benefits if you’re renovating your office or turning a room into an office. You may even be able to deduct all of the expenses. The home office can help you in other ways, too. For example, if you’re making an improvement outside the office, a percentage of it may still qualify. Usually, this is something that’s relevant to the office, like air conditioning repair.

Renting

If you’re renting a part of your home to someone else, you can deduct any expenses if you make improvements to that rented area. A full, 100 percent writeoff is possible. The same applies to making any repairs outside of the rental space that may apply to it.

Improving Your Energy System

If you’re looking for an excuse to upgrade how you get your energy, such as solar or wind, you may be able to get a tax credit. More governments want to reward people who are looking to alternative energy sources, so take advantage of it while you can.

Medical Expenses

If you or someone in your home has a medical problem, such as needing a ramp for their wheelchair, you may be able to benefit from a tax break from making home improvements that are relevant to that medical problem.

Mortgage

This isn’t the best way, but some people who pay a mortgage could take their home improvement costs and put it into the mortgage. You will have to pay interest (like we said, this isn’t the best way,) but you could be able to get a tax deduction.

We Are Not Accountants

With all this said, you need to double check with your local tax laws. Talk to a tax professional before you make any improvements to your home in order to see if you qualify. A professional should be able to help you in this regard.

 

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