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Publication 527 2008 Tax Year

Publication 527 - Introductory Material

Photographs of missing children. The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child.

This publication discusses rental income and expenses, including depreciation, and explains how to report them on your return. It also covers casualty losses on rental property and the passive activity and at-risk rules.

Sale of rental property.   For information on how to figure and report any gain or loss from the sale or other disposition of your rental property, get Publication 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets.

Sale of main home used as rental property.   For information on how to figure and report any gain or loss from the sale or other disposition of your main home that you also used as rental property, get Publication 523, Selling Your Home.

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Tax questions.   If you have a tax question, check the information available on or call 1-800-829-1040. We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses.


  • 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses

  • 534 Depreciating Property Placed in Service Before 1987

  • 535 Business Expenses

  • 547 Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts

  • 551 Basis of Assets

  • 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules

  • 946 How To Depreciate Property

Form (and Instructions)

  • 4562
    Depreciation and Amortization

  • 5213
    Election To Postpone Determination as To Whether the Presumption Applies That an Activity Is Engaged in for Profit

  • 8582
    Passive Activity Loss Limitations

  • Schedule E (Form 1040)
    Supplemental Income and Loss

See How To Get Tax Help at the end of this publication for information about getting these publications and forms.

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