Rental Real Estate Loss Allowance

Definition of 'Rental Real Estate Loss Allowance'


A federal tax deduction of up to $25,000 that is available to non-real estate professionals who own at least a 10% interest in a rental property that they actively manage and that operates at a loss during a particular tax year. Under the tax code, losses from passive activities such as rental real estate ownership normally cannot be deducted from income; the rental real estate loss allowance provides an exception to that rule.

Investopedia explains 'Rental Real Estate Loss Allowance'


To meet the active participation test, the taxpayer must make management decisions for the property. It is possible to meet this test even if the rental property is run by a management company.
As of 2009, the full deduction is available to single taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $100,000; between $100,000 and $150,000 the deduction gradually phases out, and taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes above $150,000 may not take the deduction at all.


Filed Under:

comments powered by Disqus
Hot Definitions
  1. 80-10-10 Mortgage

    A mortgage transaction in which a first and second mortgage are simultaneously originated. The first position lien has an 80% loan-to-value ratio, the second position lien has a 10% loan-to-value ratio and the borrower makes a 10% down payment. 80-10-10 mortgage transactions are piggy-back mortgage transactions, and are frequently used by borrowers to avoid paying private mortgage insurance.
  2. Passive ETF

    One of two types of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) available for investors. Passive ETFs are index funds that track a specific benchmark, such as a SPDR. Unlike actively managed ETFs, passive ETFs are not managed by a fund manager on a daily basis.
  3. Walras' Law

    An economics law that suggests that the existence of excess supply in one market must be matched by excess demand in another market so that it balances out. So when examining a specific market, if all other markets are in equilibrium, Walras' Law asserts that the examined market is also in equilibrium.
  4. Market Segmentation

    A marketing term referring to the aggregating of prospective buyers into groups (segments) that have common needs and will respond similarly to a marketing action. Market segmentation enables companies to target different categories of consumers who perceive the full value of certain products and services differently from one another.
  5. Effective Annual Interest Rate

    An investment's annual rate of interest when compounding occurs more often than once a year. Calculated as the following:
  6. Debit Spread

    Two options with different market prices that an investor trades on the same underlying security. The higher priced option is purchased and the lower premium option is sold - both at the same time. The higher the debit spread, the greater the initial cash outflow the investor will incur on the transaction.
Trading Center