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Rental income



I have a question on my rental income. I have an investment property under me and my wife's name. I also took a mortgage to purchase this property. The mortgage is under me and my wife's name also. 


However, the rental income is taken by my parents and the expenses associated with this property e.g. mortgage interest, taxes and any maintenance cost of this property is also paid using the rental income. Can the income and expense be reported in my parent's Tax Return or should I still report it under my Tax Return.



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Level 15

Rental income

This is YOUR rental so it belongs on your income tax return not your parent's. The fact you give them money from the net is considered a gift to them which is not income to them nor deductible to you.


Now  if you give more than $16K per person per tax year you may need to file a gift tax return separate from the income tax return. 

Level 15

Rental income

I agree with @Critter-3.


Further, you need to be cautious about income(loss)-shifting to relatives who may be in a lower(higher) marginal tax bracket (which is really frowned upon by the IRS).

Level 15

Rental income

you and your spouse own the property. who is on the mortgage is irrelevant.  as others have said it's your income and a gift to your parents. if your parents have been reporting the rental in previous years then the wrong party reported it. Even worse the depreciation deduction would have been on their return. when the property is sold you'll have to recapture the depreciation deduction that went on their return.  consult a tax pro in this situation. 

New Member

Rental income

Thank you All for the reply

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