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frederick4153
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Asbestos removal expenses deductible?

 
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IreneS
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Asbestos removal expenses deductible?

It depends on whether you are talking about your personal home or a business/rental property.

Personal home

No.  The expense is not deductible.  However you can consider the treatment as an "improvement" and add the cost to the basis of the property, which will reduce any gain when you sell the home in the future.

 

Business or Rental Property

Maybe.  If the removal is for a business or rental property, it depends on the type of treatment. 

In TAM 9240004 and TAM 9411002 the IRS stated that encapsulation (wrapping of exposed and damaged pipe insulation) is deductible

However, asbestos removal costs are not deductible as ordinary repairs and maintenance, but instead must be treated as capital expenditures.  [Environmental Aspects of Real Estate and Commercial Transactions: From Brownfields to Green Buildings by James B. Witkin, 3rd Edition Edition, Feb 22, 2005]

 

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IreneS
Intuit Alumni

Asbestos removal expenses deductible?

It depends on whether you are talking about your personal home or a business/rental property.

Personal home

No.  The expense is not deductible.  However you can consider the treatment as an "improvement" and add the cost to the basis of the property, which will reduce any gain when you sell the home in the future.

 

Business or Rental Property

Maybe.  If the removal is for a business or rental property, it depends on the type of treatment. 

In TAM 9240004 and TAM 9411002 the IRS stated that encapsulation (wrapping of exposed and damaged pipe insulation) is deductible

However, asbestos removal costs are not deductible as ordinary repairs and maintenance, but instead must be treated as capital expenditures.  [Environmental Aspects of Real Estate and Commercial Transactions: From Brownfields to Green Buildings by James B. Witkin, 3rd Edition Edition, Feb 22, 2005]

 

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frederick4153
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Asbestos removal expenses deductible?

On personal home, what do you mean it will 'reduce any gain'?
IreneS
Intuit Alumni

Asbestos removal expenses deductible?

When you sell your property in the future, your gain is:  Sales price minus adjusted basis (what you paid for the property plus any improvements (like removing the asbestos).
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