Tax deductions for Real Estate Agents
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Real Estate Tax Talk
As a real estate agent, your gross commission is not salary. It’s business revenue that must cover both your salary and your expenses. Manage it successfully with a sound tax strategy. By maintaining careful expense records, choosing a professional tax accountant who takes the time to claim the full range of allowable deductions, you can enjoy significant tax savings and net more from each hard-earned commission check.
File receipts for every expenditure that might be deductible. Common items include local real estate board dues, license-renewal and broker classes, desk fees, car expenses, cell phone, advertising and marketing, insurance not paid by your broker, and the cost of business equipment and supplies not provided by your broker.
Tax deductions really add up
Many people, even sophisticated real estate professionals; don’t fully appreciate just how much money they can save with tax deductions. For example, if you’re single and your taxable business income is $100,000, every dollar you deduct from your taxable income will save you close to 50 cents in taxes.
To understand the full value of your deductions
There are dozens of possible tax deductions for real estate professionals. Any expense for your real estate business is deductible if it is:
- ordinary and necessary;
- directly related to your business; and
- reasonable in amount
What can you deduct?
Only Business expenses are deducible – you cannot deduct personal expenses. However, if you buy something for both personal and business use, you can deduct only the business portion of the expense.
Subject to some important exceptions, there is no limit on how much you can deduct, as long as the amount is reasonable and you don’t deduct more than you spend. As a rule of thumb, an expense is reasonable unless there are more economical and practical ways to achieve the same result. If the CRA finds that your deductions were unreasonably large, it will disallow them or at least disallow the portion it finds unreasonable.
Tax deductions checklist for Real Estate Agents:
Here’s a checklist of common expenses for real estate agents and brokers that you can use to make sure you don’t miss any deductions this year:
- Advertising expenses, including websites, mailing lists, newspaper advertising, fliers, online advertising, postcards, promotional materials, and anything else you pay for to market your real estate business.
- Bookkeeping, accounting and legal fees.
- Business meals and entertainment (only 50 percent deductible).
- Cab fares for business travel.
- Car and truck expenses, including business mileage, depreciation, insurance, interest on car loans, lease payments, license plate fees, parking expenses, and tolls.
- Cell phones.
- Computer software.
- Desk fees.
- Education to maintain or improve required skills.
- Home office expenses (if you qualify).
- Interest, such as interest for business loans, interest paid on business credit cards.
- Internet access fees.
- Office equipment.
- Office expenses, including rent, cleaning and maintenance, and utilities.
- Office supplies.
- Professional dues and subscriptions.
- Subscriptions to professional journals.
- Taxes, including payroll taxes for employees, state and local business taxes.
- Telephone service fees.
- Travel to business conventions, including transportation, lodging and food.
- Wages and benefits paid to employees.