Vacant land has long been viewed by many as an attractive investment. After all, it's the stuff they're not making any more of. You usually earn no income from vacant land, but you do have expenses for such items as property tax, interest and other carrying costs. Can you deduct these costs? It depends. First of all, for tax purposes there are two types of people who own vacant land: investors and real estate dealers. Real estate dealers are in the business of buying and selling land. A dealer buys property and resells it, usually at a price higher than the purchase price, and normally after only a short holding period. A good example is a subdivider who buys large tracts of vacant land, divides them into smaller lots, and then resells the lots piecemeal. Numerous and continuous sales o...
Jun 7, 2013 by Stephen Fishman
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