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Generally any expense that adds to the value or prolongs the useful life of the property is considered a capital expenditure (ex. roof repair, new carpet, etc.) which must be capitalized and depreciated over the useful life of the property. Any expense that keeps the property in an ordinarily efficient operating condition (repainting, plastering, etc.) and does not add to its value or appreciably prolong its useful life are generally deductible as repairs in the year incurred. Hope this helps.
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