The schedule E section of tax form 1040 is used to report income and expenses arising from the rental of real property, royalties, or from items such as trusts, estates, partnerships, or S corporations. The IRS 1040E tax form may not be familiar to you.

Schedule E is its own tax form that needs to be filled out and attached to form 1040, 1040nr, or 1041. Income from the above mentioned sources will also be reported on line 17 of form 1040.

To be prepared for this worksheet you should always have your income and expenses organized in a spreadsheet or finance software program. However you do it, have your numbers organized and at hand before you file.

Information that’s needed for the schedule E form:

 

  • A list of the types and addresses of all owned properties
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  • Purchase price of the house, condo, or apartment you’re renting out
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  • Accumulation, depreciation, and current annual depreciation on your property
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  • Rents received
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  • Royalties received
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  • Security deposits you’ve received
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  • Commissions or property management fees
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  • Advertising costs
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  • Security deposits reimbursed to the tenant
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  • Real estate taxes and mortgage interest expenses
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  • Whether or not you’re reporting any losses not allowed in a prior year due to the at risk or basis limitations
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  • Income or loss from estates and trusts
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