I bought a house that I am renting to a relative for less than the market value (she's paying about 75% of the rent market value from my appraisal, and not paying for utilities or anything else, so I'm losing around 40% per month).
I've read several articles that say that you have to charge near-market value in order to consider it a rental and claim tax deductions, but it's unclear as to what happens if you don't.
I paid all the closing costs on the purchase myself, and I'll pay the costs when I sell the property. From this perspective, this is a regular rental property for me.
I understand if I'm not allowed to take the deduction on the rental loss each month, or the depreciation, but I'm wondering about those closing costs on purchase and sale - those would translate to thousands of dollars of tax savings.
I'll talk with a tax accountant early next year, but is it possible that I can report rental income that's actually higher than I truly received, so I don't claim any rental loss, but still claim the loss of the closing costs? I'd be fudging the numbers, but in the IRS's favor, so I don't know if they would have a problem with that.
US/AZ if that helps.