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crazygerbil
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Should I enter the cost basis of a new property that I am renting as the whole cost, or only half since I live in the other half?

I purchased a new property and I am renting out half of it while living in the other half. I did not have Turbotax automatically split other expenses so I was entered half numbers for all the other deductions for the rental property.
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Critter-3
Level 15

Should I enter the cost basis of a new property that I am renting as the whole cost, or only half since I live in the other half?

You will only enter the rental portion so if you only rent out 1/2 you only depreciate 1/2 of the cost basis.  

ee-ea
Level 15

Should I enter the cost basis of a new property that I am renting as the whole cost, or only half since I live in the other half?

Remember to allocate some of the basis to land, which can not be depreciated.

pk
Level 13
Level 13

Should I enter the cost basis of a new property that I am renting as the whole cost, or only half since I live in the other half?

@crazygerbil , having read and  concurred  with @Critter-3  and @ee-ea , would like to point out that you need to keep very good records.  This is because when you sell the property, you will see the whole thing and will need to allocate the gains between the two "parts" so that the gain is properly taxes as capital gain and ordinary gain ( recapture of depreciation).  It would be good idea to have a tax professional set up the accounts the first year and then you use TurboTax to keep track. IMHO

 

pk

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