Make the most of real estate losses: Keep good records
Abstract: The passive activity loss (PAL) rules make it difficult for rental real estate owners to deduct their losses unless they qualify as real estate professionals. And that demands accurate timekeeping records. This article discusses the PAL rules and what’s required to qualify as a real estate professional. Citation: Vandegrift v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo 2012-14, 1/12/2012).