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If you paid the bill in 2013, you can deduct the expense in 2013.
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Further, if this was related to your rental property, and it is to your benefit, you may want to claim most of the expense as an expense in your rental property.
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Is there any significant difference (benefit) over including this in rental expenses over standard tax prep deduction ?
Well, it would depend upon other factors in your tax return that may depend upon the level of itemized deductions.