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All Things Tax

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Pioneer
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎04-21-2017

Mortgage Interest and Property Depreciation on Rental

On my 2016 return I entered only about half of my mortgage interest paid as the servicer on my rental property switched and I misplaced the 1098 from the original servicer. For this reason, I am amending my return and have entered the appropriate information. Unfortunately, even though it was a little over 3k in interest my amount owed never changed. Is this correct?

During this process I also found another mistake. When I changed my Property vs Land owned to 100% Property value as it is condominium I also did not see a change in the amount owed.  

 

I thought both of these corrections would result in me owing less...am I incorrect? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks!

 

George

Tax Pro
Posts: 5,090
Registered: ‎02-23-2016

Re: Mortgage Interest and Property Depreciation on Rental

Hi George,

 

Welcome to the H&R Block community.

 

The loss on a rental is limited even if you actively participate, so if you already had the maximum allowed loss being deducted on page 1 of the 1040 your tax liability will not have changed.  The maximum allowed is $25,000 per year if you actively participate in the rental activity.

 

The only time this is different is if your primary business is renting properties (you're a licensed agent, etc.).  In that scenario you would have a business and won't be subject to the limits on losses.

 

 

If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help.

 

Louis,

Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)