How to Avoid Paying Back Depreciation on a U.S. Rental Property

While you can claim many expenses as write offs in the year you make them, the IRS treats buying a rental property not as an expense but as a conversion — In other words, you’re turning cash into an asset with value, meaning that no net change to your personal wealth has occurred. However, since buildings gradually wear out, the IRS lets you depreciate it by taking a small portion of value as an expense every year, writing down its value and reducing your taxes. With something like a computer Read more