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Owning a rental property has many advantages, however, the one of the best perks about owning a property is the rental property tax advantages. For tax purposes, rental properties are handled like a business and in many ways you are taxed in a similar way.  Just like businesses, there are many positives and negatives associated with owning a rental property. There are also many rules, regulations, and brackets that must be studied tediously in tax literature.

Any rent payments that you receive from your tenants for your rental property will be considered as part of your gross revenues. Also these will include the deposits or rent advancements.  Judgments are also considered as part of tax revenue. Tax deductions also work along the same guidelines. Any expense that is incurred while owning the property can be deducted. You may also include the interest on your mortgage payments as one of your rental property tax advantages. They can also include advertising for new tenants, driving to and from the property, and many more tax advantages. This also includes depreciation as a rental property tax advantage.

By owning a rental property you will also be increasing your overall equity involved in your personal credit. Owning a rental house will and paying all payments over time can increase your credit worthiness if you play it smart. To keep fees and costs lowered, be sure to only rent your house to tenants that seem smart and responsible. Nothing costs more than an unruly tenant with a couple of pets. While you can’t discriminate against your tenants by law, you can, however, stop in for an announced visit or two as well as put guidelines in the lease. This will keep pets and unwanted substances from entering your property.

This Financial Services article was written by Colby Almond on 3/23/2010