Is Landscaping Tax Deductible? The Answer Could be Yes!
We are at the beginning of tax season, and you are likely wondering what expenses are deductible. One of those expenses you might be considering is your landscaping. Therefore, you might be asking the question, ‘is landscaping tax deductible?’. Our latest Landscape Solutions and Design blog dives into that very topic! We cover the ins and outs of landscaping as it relates to your taxes. However, we recommend every person filing taxes always consult with an accountant. They have the knowledge to confirm for certain what you should and shouldn’t claim as deductibles on your taxes.
Ready to learn more on landscaping and taxes? Then, read on in our blog below. Or, are you just ready to get started with your dream landscaping? If the latter, then give us a call today at 336-442-0160 to request a quote.
Is Landscaping Tax Deductible?
First, there is a difference in regard to taxes depending on if it is for residential or commercial landscaping. For commercial landscaping, it’s usually a little more straightforward as clients or customers tend to visit your store or office. This means landscaping is imperative for your business and it makes sense to write it off.
In contrast, residential landscaping is a little trickier to count as a tax deduction. There are a few factors that allow for tax write offs on residential landscaping though. If you are a sole proprietor and own your own business out of your home, then you can write off a certain portion of your landscaping. There are stipulations though, which are:
- You must own the property. Unfortunately, if you rent you are not allowed to write it off even if you work out of home and meet clients.
- Additionally, the amount you write off must be contained to the area of your home that is used for business purposes. For example, if clients park and come around back, then the front landscaping area is not deductible.
Finally, another factor, outside of business, where landscaping is tax deductible is related to medical needs. For instance, needing to grade or do landscaping to put in a wheelchair ramp would qualify for a tax deduction.
Potential In-Home Businesses Allowed for Tax Deductions
There are a variety of sole proprietor businesses today that operate out of their homes. Many of those meet the qualifications above to write off some of their residential landscaping on their taxes. A few potential businesses would include the following:
- Hair, nail, or makeup stylists
Now that you know the rules of landscaping tax write offs and some of the businesses that might qualify, you should consider the various landscaping that fits the criteria.
Landscaping Services to Consider for Tax Deductions
Whether for commercial or residential needs, there are two major landscaping projects to consider for tax deductions.
- Landscape Maintenance
- Outdoor Spaces
For residential properties, we provide these landscape maintenance services:
- Annual aeration & seeding
- Plantings – trees & flower gardens
- Mulch & pine needles
- Pruning & edging
- Leaf removal during fall
- Snow removal during winter
- Tree removal
- Turf fertilization
- Pressure washing
For commercial properties, we offer the following landscape maintenance services:
- Weed eating
- Mulch & pine needles
- Commercial aeration & seeding
- Creation and maintenance of landscape design
- Tree removal
- Turf fertilization
- Snow plowing
If you create an outdoor space for meetings, then that would absolutely qualify for a tax write-off! An outdoor visually appealing space is the perfect place to ‘talk shop’ with clients. Our mild weather in North Carolina means there are many changes throughout the entire year to utilize an outdoor space for work purposes. This is true of both residential and commercial outdoor spaces.
Landscaping Elements to Consider for an Outdoor Space
Some common outdoor space elements include:
- Raised & lowered patios – Patios provide a comfortable and beautiful space for work meetings and events.
- Fire pits & outdoor fireplaces– Even though we have milder weather, it can still get chilly. Therefore, a fire pit or outdoor fireplace keeps everyone warm in your outdoor space.
- Pergolas – This element keeps clients protected from direct sun in meetings.
- Water features & pond or pondless waterfalls – Water provides a calming sound and look for clients. This is especially important if you are looking to provide tranquility.
- Outdoor grills or kitchens – Great for hosting work parties and events!
Frequently Asked Landscaping Tax Deduction Questions
Hopefully we’ve been able to answer your question – is landscaping tax deductible. But, if you still have some questions then be sure to read this FAQ section. If you would like to request a quote for potential tax-deductible landscaping services, call us at 336-442-0160.
How will I know how much of my landscaping charges to write off on my taxes?
This is a question to ask your accountant or financial adviser. They understand all the tax laws and are able to provide specific numbers and advice.
What is the cost for landscaping services?
Every single residential or commercial landscaping project is different. Therefore, cost is unique to each project. Some variables that impact cost on landscaping services include:
- Services utilized
- Scope of project
- Materials used
We provide detailed estimates to all our potential clients that provides them with more specific pricing for their unique landscaping project or services.
Should I consider landscaping if I work from home?
If you plan or want to work outside, then yes, absolutely! Even more so if you have clients that meet you at your home for meetings or appointments. An outdoor space or even a visually appealing yard they see upon entering, makes all the difference in providing a great and professional impression.
We Create Beautiful Landscaped Spaces for All Types of Businesses!
Are you interested in landscaping for your work-from-home or commercial business? Landscape Solutions and Design is happy to help! We will create a dream outdoor space for your business that has the ability to be a tax deduction! Get started today by calling us at 336-442-0160 to request a quote. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for plenty of landscape inspiration for your very own project!