Does your rental property activity meet the definition of a trade or business activity?
If yes, your rentals produce the best possible tax benefits.
In general, you report your rental properties on Schedule E of your tax return. When your activity rises to the level of a business, you continue to report the rentals on Schedule E, but with the business classification, you qualify for
tax-favored Section 1231 treatment;
business use of an office in your home;
business (versus investment) treatment of meetings, seminars, and conventions; and
Section 179 treatment of your business-use assets.
Rental as a Business
In Levy, the court ruled that the trustees of this estate, by renting the real estate, were engaged in a trade or business. The court then went on to say this:
Courts have consistently held that the rental of real estate is a "trade or business" if the taxpayer-lessor engages in ... Log in to view full article.