It seems like common advice for when to consider two units part of the same property for purposes of the Schedule E, is that they are separate if and only if they have separate property tax. So, two units in a duplex or a house with a little house behind it on the same lot are often considered one property, and so occupy a single Schedule E column, but neighboring houses that happen to share a property owner are considered separate properties, and listed in separate columns of the Schedule E.
My problem is with a trailer park where the land is taxed as a whole, but six different trailers are also taxed individually. The rule of grouping units as distinct properties according to how they are taxed becomes less clear, as they are taxed individually and as a group. We own both the trailers and the land.
So, has the IRS issued any guidance on whether there is a preference? Do they prefer them to be grouped under a single column, listed separately, or does the IRS not care which approach is taken?
If they don't care, do they care if you take an approach different than in prior years, such as group the park in a single column when the trailers were listed individually in prior years?
The instructions for Schedule E do not seem to give any guidance on what exactly constitutes a "property", so I don't really know where else to look on this.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!