The decision to rent the plot of property in the bahria enclave plot for sale, along with the possibility of selling the house in the future could affect your decision. It is typical to consider the possible sale transaction from the standpoint that of selling your property for profit or loss.

If a house is sold at a profit the sale may be eligible to be eligible for an exemption from the "home sale tax exclusion." In order to be eligible, the homeowner must have owned and reside in the house as their primary residence at least for two of the past five years. When the taxpayer/taxpayers meet all the conditions for the exemption they can exempt gains of $250,000 if they're single and can exempt $500,000 in gains if married.

If a house is sold for losses, tax laws consider this to be an undeductible personal expense. To deduct losses associated with the selling of property it must be considered to be a commercial as well as an investment. Converting a residence that is personal to a rental property implies that it's business property.

This is a simple tax planning situation. Taxpayers may want to consider going with their CPA firm to evaluate the effect of the decision. This will help to avoid problems later on when returns are being prepared after the events transpired.

Rental Property Conversion

When a person becomes a landlord the rental income and expenses that are incurred for maintaining and operating the property are merged to determine the net profit or loss. Losses are restricted by the rules on passive loss (PAL). Deductible expenses are utilities, repairs, and depreciation.

Depreciation is a fascinating concept that could result in losses. Consider, for instance, the possibility of renting out a house in exchange for the cost to operate it, since it is situated in a bad neighbourhood which is awaiting the market to recover. The majority of people think they'll be breaking even in calculating the income or loss, however depreciation could be considered a phantom deduction that may create losses.

Tax deductions from gross income is allowed in the context of legislative grace. Here is a famous tax quote by one of the justices of the Supreme Court, "Whether and to what extent deductions shall be allowed depends upon legislative grace; and only as there is clear provision therefore can any particular deduction be allowed." The rules of passive activity loss (PAL), deny any loss deduction, provided that the following exemptions applies.

These are the situations in which PAL rules do not apply for a tax year:


  1. The Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is less than $100,000. The loss deduction is eliminated entirely if AGI is greater than $150,000.
  2. Active participation of the leasing operation
  3. The losses resulting from renting are not more than $25,000


When a rental property owner sells the property at losing money, the loss is deductible for tax purposes , based on a premise that the taxpayer can justify the transformation of the real property into an ongoing rental property. The rental of the home for a period of time until the property is sold not satisfy this obligation. A lease that is longer is a business decision to make the house a permanent rental property.

There's a different shade of gray tax law decision that determines an amount that is fair to the value when it is let out for rental. Tax-wise what is the worth of property placed in service is less than the historic cost, or the market value of the property as it is put in use. The lower the estimated fair market value is, the lower the deductible loss is.

As an example, think of an example of a home that was originally valued by the owner $500,000 and an estimated fair market value of $300,000 at the time conversion. The house is later sold for $250,000. The loss will only be $50,000.