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jbemd57
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We own property that we allow the church to use. our church pays all expenses. property is not for profit. how do we file the property and deduct interest?

I own property that we rent at no profit to our church.  I am the pastor and we have a pass thru llc that is the owner of the property.  I hope this makes sense.  The church pays the mortgage and all expenses in association to the church.  We only tithe and give offering.  We receive no income from church.


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SusanH
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We own property that we allow the church to use. our church pays all expenses. property is not for profit. how do we file the property and deduct interest?

Regrettably, you cannot deduct mortgage interest or other property expenses that you do not pay. 

You have what is considered a Not-for-Profit rental. Here are the instructions on how to report it.

 

To report Not-for-Profit  (NFP) income in TurboTax

  • Click on Federal Taxes
  • Wages and Income
    • You may need to click Jump to Full List, Show me everything or I’ll choose what I work on depending upon your situation and the TurboTax version you are using.
  • Scroll to the very bottom; Less Common Income; Click Show more (if start isn’t displayed)
  • Click Start across from Miscellaneous Income, 1099-A, 1099-C
  • Scroll to the Bottom and Click Start across from other reportable income
  • At the “Other Taxable Income” screen, enter your description – Not for Profit Rental and then amount of income you received. In your case, this is the amount of principal reduction on the mortgage loan during the year. 


You can also enter your NFP expenses as part of Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions.

If you choose to enter your NFP expenses:

  • Go to the Federal Taxes tab
  • Deductions and Credits
  • Click “I’ll choose what I work on” 
  • Scroll down to Other Deductions and Credits 
  • Click Other Deductible Expenses Start.
  • At the “Less Common Expenses” screen, say yes.

On the next screen, you can enter your NFP Rental expenses; these are expenses that you actually paid, not those that were paid by the church.

 

Some additional information

Your NFP Expenses amount will go to line 23 of your Itemized Deductions Schedule A. If they are more than 2% of your Adjusted Gross Income, they will be included in your Schedule A.  If your standard deduction is higher than your Schedule A (Itemized deductions), you will use the standard deduction instead; TurboTax will default to the higher deduction.

 

Here are the 2015 standard deduction amounts for each filing status: 

  • Single or Married Filing Separate - $6,300
  • Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er) - $12,600
  • Head of Household - $9,250

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SusanH
New Member

We own property that we allow the church to use. our church pays all expenses. property is not for profit. how do we file the property and deduct interest?

Regrettably, you cannot deduct mortgage interest or other property expenses that you do not pay. 

You have what is considered a Not-for-Profit rental. Here are the instructions on how to report it.

 

To report Not-for-Profit  (NFP) income in TurboTax

  • Click on Federal Taxes
  • Wages and Income
    • You may need to click Jump to Full List, Show me everything or I’ll choose what I work on depending upon your situation and the TurboTax version you are using.
  • Scroll to the very bottom; Less Common Income; Click Show more (if start isn’t displayed)
  • Click Start across from Miscellaneous Income, 1099-A, 1099-C
  • Scroll to the Bottom and Click Start across from other reportable income
  • At the “Other Taxable Income” screen, enter your description – Not for Profit Rental and then amount of income you received. In your case, this is the amount of principal reduction on the mortgage loan during the year. 


You can also enter your NFP expenses as part of Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions.

If you choose to enter your NFP expenses:

  • Go to the Federal Taxes tab
  • Deductions and Credits
  • Click “I’ll choose what I work on” 
  • Scroll down to Other Deductions and Credits 
  • Click Other Deductible Expenses Start.
  • At the “Less Common Expenses” screen, say yes.

On the next screen, you can enter your NFP Rental expenses; these are expenses that you actually paid, not those that were paid by the church.

 

Some additional information

Your NFP Expenses amount will go to line 23 of your Itemized Deductions Schedule A. If they are more than 2% of your Adjusted Gross Income, they will be included in your Schedule A.  If your standard deduction is higher than your Schedule A (Itemized deductions), you will use the standard deduction instead; TurboTax will default to the higher deduction.

 

Here are the 2015 standard deduction amounts for each filing status: 

  • Single or Married Filing Separate - $6,300
  • Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er) - $12,600
  • Head of Household - $9,250

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jbemd57
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We own property that we allow the church to use. our church pays all expenses. property is not for profit. how do we file the property and deduct interest?

So this year, if my wife and I pay the mortgage and condo fees, can we write it off then ?
jbemd57
New Member

We own property that we allow the church to use. our church pays all expenses. property is not for profit. how do we file the property and deduct interest?

And still slow the church to use the space.
SusanH
New Member

We own property that we allow the church to use. our church pays all expenses. property is not for profit. how do we file the property and deduct interest?

You can deduct the mortgage interest only if it's for a second home that you use. You can deduct the property taxes if you actually pay them. You can also deduct the expenses if it is a for-profit rental as part of the Schedule E income and expenses.

So in short, if you collect rent from the church, pay the mortgage, property tax and other expenses, you can claim it as a rental property and deduct the expenses such as Home Owners Fees, maintenance, etc.

Please review Publication 526 Charitable Contributions <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p526.pdf">https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p526.pdf</a> for more information on what you can and cannot deduct.
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