Submitted By: someone
Answered: November 3, 2020 11:15 pm

I sold my vacation home after it was up for sale for over a year. Can I add utility costs and property taxes paid during the time it wasn’t being used by me to the cost basis of the home?

The cost basis of a home includes only capital improvements. Ordinary expenses, such as utility costs and property taxes, do not increase basis.

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Tax Glossary

Amount recognized

The amount of gain reportable and subject to tax. On certain tax-free exchanges of property, gain is not recognized in the year it is realized.

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