turbotax icon
cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Close icon
Do you have a TurboTax Online account?

We'll help you get started or pick up where you left off.

today is Oct 25th. I have $12000 cash. which is the better option

I owe $12K on my car.  I could pay it off. 2 % interest on the unpaid balance.

I haven't had a vacation in ten years.  I want to go to Budapest.

I have a rental house that needs a roof.  Guessing $10K with gutters.

$12K is about 25% of what I need to build a garage on the back of a rental house that I think I could rent for $800 a month.

I am thinking the roof.  Use a 20 year material and I can write the whole thing off?

What do you think?

5 Replies
Carl
Level 15

today is Oct 25th. I have $12000 cash. which is the better option

Pay off car, save between $240-1000 in interest. (What you save, depends on the loan term and what's left on that term, assuming you owe $12K on the car). You'll still pay taxes on the $12K though.

Take the vacation - no tax break. You'll pay taxes on that $12K.

New roof on rental - Not a deduction and never will be. It just adds to the cost-basis of the property and gets depreciated over 27.5 years at around $445 a year. That's about $445 a year that will be added to the depreciation you're already taken. Remember, when you sell the property you have to recapture all depreciation taken in the year you sell, and that depreciation is taxable in the year you sell the property and recapture that depreciation.

Build new garage. No deduction or write-off ever, for as long as you live. All it does is add to the cost basis of your house, which will reduce your taxable gain when you sell at a gain, or increase your non-deductible taxable loss if you sell at a loss.  Remember, losses on the sale of personal property are never deductible.

Were it me, I'd put a new roof on the rental. Then at the end of the current rental contract I'd raise the rent a minimum of 10%. If the current tenant moved because of it, then so be it. Now-a-days, I'd expect less than a month easy, between renters.

today is Oct 25th. I have $12000 cash. which is the better option

doesn't the new tax law allow us to expense anything that has a 20 year life or less?

Carl
Level 15

today is Oct 25th. I have $12000 cash. which is the better option

No. It allows you to expense something that would otherwise be a depreciable asset, if that asset costs $2,500 or less. It has nothing to do with class life, everything to do with costs. Note that this does not apply to everything under $2,500 as there are some exceptions. I myself don't know what those exceptions are, but the program does. I also know that a new roof for rental property which will cost "at least" $10,000 now-a-days, does not come anywhere close to qualifying to be expensed. It has to be depreciated over 27.5 years.

today is Oct 25th. I have $12000 cash. which is the better option

thanks.  

today is Oct 25th. I have $12000 cash. which is the better option

Be dumb to take 12000 to save 500$ in car interest I hope you can make more than 500$ with 12k. Budapest can be wise does it increase your worth as an employee at all? I would think about investing a portion 5k in a ira should make you a grand anyway
Use your Intuit Account to sign in to TurboTax.
By selecting Sign in, you agree to our Terms and acknowledge our Privacy Statement.
message box icon

Get more help

Ask questions and learn more about your taxes and finances.

Post your Question

Related Content

Manage cookies