If you have real estate, you have probably spent money getting it in order and you can take advantage of tax breaks to help offset some of those costs. While there are many benefits to real estate for your taxes, these are a few of the most common ways that you can use your real estate to save you money during this tax season.

Real Estate Tax Breaks You Can Take Advantage of This Year: 1031 Exchange

A 1031 exchange is a tax break involving the exchange of like-kind properties. In this case, like-kind refers to properties that are real properties, and actually, most properties can qualify. The properties being exchanged must be being used for investment or business use for the exchange to count. Trading one piece of real property for another would qualify as a 1031 exchange and would allow you to take advantage of the tax breaks that entails. Things like stocks and bonds are not considered real property and as such are not eligible for any 1031 exchange tax benefits.

Solar Tax Credit

In many areas of the country, there are actually tax credits available to people who purchase solar panels for their properties. The tax credit is worth 26% of the cost of your solar system. If you have put in solar panels, you should definitely take advantage of this credit as it can save you money and help you to get even more out of your investment in solar panels. This is especially great because solar panels will also save you money on your regular utility bills so solar panels really do end up being a win/win for the people who invest in them.

Real Estate Tax Breaks You Can Take Advantage of This Year: Rental Property Deductions

 If you own a rental property or rental properties, there are many deductions you can make that will decrease your costs on your taxes this year. If you have an office at home that you use for managing your rental properties, you can deduct the costs you incurred to put together and run the office. You can also deduct mileage when you drive to check on rental properties. Keeping track of the money and time you spend on your rental properties can help you to figure out your maximum deduction and to make sure you get the benefits that you qualify for.

 You may as well take advantage of any breaks and deductions you can each tax season. These real estate deductions can be a great place to start!

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