We are in contract to buy a home with a rental apartment unit. I spent money traveling to see the home in another state. Are these expenses deductible after we complete the purchase?
I doubt it since you have not purchased the unit yet. Definitely, after you purchase the unit
Thank you Tavares.
Gas and vehicle wear and tear ought to be if it’s for your real estate business . Maybe a cpa can chime in
I might be completely wrong here but those are expenses are they not? While they might not be deductible before you finish out the purchase, once you complete the purchase of this current contract all the expenses you incurred during due diligence should be added as an expense against the property in your record keeping.
I like that idea Jeremy. Let's see if CPA has an answer.
Expenses incurred to search for a property are generally included in the basis of the property. This applies any time you are searching in either a new geographic area to where you are currently investing, or looking at a different asset class.
For example, if you own residential rentals in Los Angeles, and go to Anaheim to look at residential rentals, that is the same general geographic region and also the same asset class, so those expenses may be immediately deductible so long as purchasing new properties is a usual and ordinary business activity for you.
But if you go look at commercial property in Anaheim, that is likely not immediately deductible since that is a new asset class for you.
Likewise, if you travel to Omaha or Cleveland or Raleigh, that's a new geographic area and that travel is not immediately deductible.
BUT - as soon as you buy that asset class or in that geographic area, you can tally up all your prior travel to that location and add the expense to the basis of the asset.
Thank you for your advice Linda.