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May I deduct my home improvements and repairs to my home?

Home improvements add to the value of your home, prolong its useful life, or adapt it to new uses. Home improvements costs are not deductible. However, you add the cost of improvements to the basis of your property. Examples of improvements include putting a recreation room in your unfinished basement, adding another bathroom, or bedroom, putting up a fence, putting in new plumbing or wiring, putting on a new roof, or paving your driveway. For a list of some other examples of improvements, refer to Publication 523, Selling Your Home. Repairs maintain your home in good condition. They are not currently deductible nor do they add to your home's value or prolong its life. You do not add their cost to the basis of your property. Some examples of repairs include repainting your house inside or outside, fixing your gutters or floors, repairing leaks or plastering and replacing broken window panes. Exception: The entire job is considered an improvement, however, if items that would otherwise be considered repairs are done as part of an extensive remodeling or restoration of your home. For more information, refer to Publication 523, Selling Your Home; and Publication 551, Basis of Assets.

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