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Can I deduct home improvement expenses?

Question by rbrinny: Can I deduct home improvement expenses?
Single family home, live with mom. I’m paying for a new fence for our front yard. New York City resident.
Both our names are on the deed so technically I’m a co-owner. Does that make a difference?

Best answer:

Answer by Denise W
Your mom can. So keep the reciepts and pay cash.

What do you think? Answer below!


  1. no
    if you and/or mom sell the house before living in it two years, the cost of the fence will be added to the cost basis ,, but other than that,, it’s not a deduction.

  2. You can if you want problems with the IRS. Otherwise don’t go there.

  3. Home improvements can be deducted on a rental or investment property.
    If a house is your primary residence (if you are a sole or part owner) home improvements can be deducted, if they are made withing 6 months prior to the sale of the home (you are improving it for sale.)
    If you are not part owner, only the owner can claim deductions.
    If the house is not sold withing 6 months after improvements (the improvements were done just to improve) nobody can deduct.

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