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Is Lawn Care Tax Deductible??

April 26, 2016

UNIQUE TAX DEDUCTIBLE INCOME

 

It’s no secret, tax is a burden we bare out of patriotism and not choice. All government functions depend directly on the taxes we pay on the goods we buy and the income we earn. Therefore if the budgetary plan for that fiscal year is projecting some serious heavy investment of infrastructure, you can be sure that some tax rates will most definitely be adjusted. The best and legal way to cushion yourself from all tax crunches is to contact your accountant and try to take advantage of all tax reliefs and income deductibles at your disposal. Tax laws allow for some expenses to be non-taxable hence lifting off some tax loads you would otherwise have to pay. 

 

Most home owners spend thousands of dollars each year sprucing their lawns. Gone are the days you would pay your neighbor's kid to mow your lawn for just 5 bucks. Home owners associations have gone to the extent of setting lawn standards to be abided by all home owners. It therefore not a wonder when they constantly inquire whether they can get any tax reliefs from the money they spend on their lawns. Therefore the question of the day is whether caring for your lawn is tax deductible?


Some of the expenses we make need to meet a certain criteria before being legally declared as tax deductible, personal expenses are usually declassified as non-taxable income because the government usually deducts personal relief from the total tax due. On the other hand, expenses that are made with the intention of creating income is tax deductible. The IRS guidelines clearly state and I quote, “…you can deduct various federal, state, local and foreign taxes directly attributable to your trade or business as business expenses.” Therefore 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. Even if you use the property partly for personal use and partly for rental income, you are legally allowed to claim the appropriate percentage of sum you spend on your loan depending on the proportion of the property being used for business and that serving as your home.

 

The lawn also needs to useful in business operations. This is the other key criteria that makes the costs incurred when taking care of your lawn deductible. Should the IRS make visits to your premises you should be able to prove that the lawn you spend so much money to maintain is truly essential to the operations of your business. For instance, you have to show that the lawn is used in holding business activities like morning meetings or team building exercises.

 

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