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My son bought two older homes adjacent to his recently acquired building. He got all necessary permits - tore the homes - down grated the property and put down gravel for a parking lot. Realizing that the land itself is not depreciable is the rest of his cost depreciable?
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Thanks for asking your question! I'm sorry to hear about your tax issue and I'm going to try my best to help you understand or resolve it.

Thank you for your question, and thanks for using JustAnswer.com. Unfortunately the cost of razing the land is added to your son's basis in his land. It is not a depreciable cost.

According to Publication 551, "Demolition of building. Add demolition costs and other losses incurred for the demolition of any building to the basis of the land on which the demolished building was located. Do not claim the costs as a current deduction."

So, this is not depreciable. It is added to the basis of the land. Please let me know if you need anything additional. Thanks again for using JustAnswer.com and have a great day.

Publication 551 can be accessed HERE.

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