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Tax Deductions For Home Improvements?
Tue 01/15/08 10:38:33 pm
by Leroy Calstard

Who can properly answer home improvement tax deduction questions? This is a question that many find themselves asking. Homeowners and tax experts argue and discuss home improvement deductions on a regular basis. Due to the oscillating laws regarding these types of deductions, very few people are really clear on what they can and can not claim. Improvements on your home should never be done simply because you want to get a tax deduction. Making your home a better place can add value and comfort to your home and those should be the reasons why you complete them. Improve your house because you want to make a change, not because you are looking to claim exemptions on your taxes.

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Typically there are no deductions allowed for homeowners that improve their house. However, you can still get some benefit from improving your home later on. By increasing the value of your home you will acquire more equity. The more equity you have, the more money you will make. So the lack of tax deductions is not a reason not to perform home improvements. In the long run there will be financial benefits of some kind.

As with most tax deduction scenarios, there are ways that tax deductions can be taken for home improvements. An example of this is, if a member of your household is disabled and there must be repairs made to create more accessibility for them, these type of improvements can be deducted. This type of situation is a medical concern which is why it can be deducted from taxes. When performing home improvements more than seven percent of income must be spent for you to be able to take these deductions. It is important, however to remember that home improvements that are unrelated to medical issues may not be tax deductible.

Home improvements that are made for business purposes are also sometimes tax deductible. If you need to put in a new bathroom or build on wing for an office, you might be able to take a tax deduction for these improvements. This is covered underneath the tax rules that allow deductions for home business expenses. Whenever you have a home based business there is room for deductions. Remodeling is included in these deductions. However, once again, these types of deductions should not be taken for granted. Find out if the repairs you made qualify.

Taking tax deductions for any type of home improvement can be tricky. The best way to safeguard yourself is to consult a tax professional. Reading the guidelines can be confusing for most. Seeking out a professional is recommended. This is the best way for you to keep yourself from being penalized for taking deductions that you are not qualified to take.


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    "Every winter my roof leaked...   We even had a couple manufactured home repairmen out to seal it.    Nothing worked and this went on for 5 years," said Maureen of Elko, Nevada.     "Then last summer I ordered The Manual and it suggested I use neoprene to seal the leak.    Since then I've had no leaks at all!"

    Maureen is referring to The Manual for Manufactured/Mobile Home Repair and Upgrade by Mark Bower.    Most just dub it The Manual.    Bower owns and operates Aberdeen Mobile Home Repair in Aberdeen, South Dakota.   

    Maureen isn't alone.    Hundreds of others have written to Bower sharing similar stories of how The Manual has solved their problems.    Esther of St.   Louis, Missouri, writes,  "We had squeaky floors in the living room and without The Manual, I would have had my husband tear out the floors and put in new ones.    What a lifesaver!"

    Bower enjoys the letters he receives regarding his manual.   "I wrote this manual from experience," says Bower.   "I'm not just some guy with his feet up on the desk - I'm out in the field every day doing what I write.  "

    Tom of Lansing, Michigan, followed the simple instructions on installing a shut-off valve and saved $75 on a service call.    Mary of Churdan, Iowa, writes to say she uses the manual to keep the repair guys she hires honest, "When I had my home releveled, I sent two different contractors packing because I knew they weren't doing the job right.    This manual has literally saved me hundreds of dollars!" 

    Bower has updated his manual for 2004.    More information was added regarding additions and porches.    "We added details on attaching porches so they don't leak even if they shift with the seasons.  " says Bower.    With high energy prices now upon us, Bower says he's also included a section on building a solar heating panel.    "Find an old sliding glass door and you can build one for under $100," says Bower who built two panels for his own 1800 square foot manufactured home.    "You'd be surprised at how much heat they create when the sun is shining.  "

    David of Lake McConaughy, Nebraska, says The Manual should be called, The Mobile Home Bible.   Dave writes, "I wish I had your manual when we had our 1965 Star.    It would have saved me WEEKS of work!" 

    Vicki of Ocala, Florida, bought Bower's manual because it had instructions for installing a metal roofover.    "My son and husband had the roof up in 2 days from start to finish," says Vicki.   "The 4 inch overhang is awesome - no more water running down the siding.   Great roof, great instructions, I love it!"

    The Manual also helped Pam from Duluth, Minnesota, replace her skirting and repair her underbelly.   "It gave me the courage to tackle these projects," writes Pam.   " I saved a lot of money by being able to do it myself.  "

    Bower says many manufactured home owners are do-it-yourselfers, and he's glad to be able to provide them a tool, The Manual, to help them do more.  

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