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Assume principal residence Jul 22, 2005 through May 31, 2009 converted to rental and operated as such (with schedule E's) June 1, 2009 through Feb 13, 2012.
Assume original cost plus settlement costs effecting basis totaling to: $557,709.92.
Assume improvements for rental (installed during month of conversion - June 2009) of: $278 (new dishwasher), $572 (two new toilets) added to depreciable basis of home, in one lump sum, over 27.5 years S/L MACRS.
Assume FMV of total land and building combined of $418,000 at time of conversion (June 2009) according to zillow.com
Assume FMV of building of $226,000 and value of land of $185,000 according to County Assessor via property tax bill close to time of conversion (Oct 2009).
Assume we choose the zillow.com estimate as the FMV.
Assume value apportionment to building (for depreciation basis) of 55% based on County Assessor's building/property ratio.
Assume that amendments to years 2009 through 2012 make depreciation actually taken on rental June 1, 2009 through Feb 13, 2012 via Schedule E equal to the correct allowable amount based on 27.5 years and S/L depreciation. Can you please verify what this value would be? I get $22,338 for allowable using a MACRS table using mid-month convention for Feb 2012. My calculation looks like (with depreciation percentages pulled from p73, Table A-6, IRS Pub 946):
For 2009: (zillow FMV + "attached" improvements)*55%*1.97% = $4,528.34
For 2010 through 2011: 2*(zillow FMV + "attached" improvements)*55%*3.636% = $16,752
For 2012: ((zillow FMV + "attached" improvements)*55%*3.636%)/12*1.5 = $1,047
Awesome, thanks Wendy. Glad to know I was doing it correctly. When I ran the calculations again without any rounding we had the exact same numbers.