Is Lawn Care Tax Deductible?
Yes, professional lawn care can be tax-deductible, but the laws regarding lawn care and tax deductions can be confusing. We all want to cut the amount we pay in taxes, but we also don’t want it to become a legal issue. Read on as we break down the behind-the-scenes regarding lawn care and tax deductions.
Residential Lawn Care
Unfortunately, residential lawn care is not tax-deductible. Personal expenses are generally classified as taxable income because the government deducts personal relief from the total tax due. This means that you can only deduct the sum of money you spend to care for your lawn if your property is being used to bring in rental income or is used as a home office. According to the IRS guidelines, for your taxes to be considered deductible, your lawn needs to be “useful in business operations.”
If you own your own company and conduct business from the confines of your own home, you may be able to deduct part of the cost of landscaping your property. Should the IRS decide to make random visits to your home, you should be able to prove that your home is used in holding some type of business activity. What exactly is deductible? The amount is based on the percentage of the home used for business. The court also allows a deduction for part of the costs of lawn care and driveway repairs.
When it comes to rental properties, every dollar you put into the property, whether for maintenance, repair, or capital improvements, is considered business expenses and tax-deductible. This includes lawn maintenance, mowing, trimming, weeding, and landscaping. Just be sure to keep all receipts for materials, rental equipment, and labor costs.
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