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I have never heard of mere short-term rental of residential property being automatically treated as a business requiring Schedule C.

Just glanced through my tax bible and as usual you appear to be right. It's real estate dealers that would use C, or motels and hotels, though the criteria there seems to be additional services, like maid service, which some VRs do supply, so then where does it lie?

The ability to get feedback is one reason why I love this board! Clearly, I need to take the time to wade through this 500 page book yet again. I've been focusing more at this time on what data to collect and how to collect it for the IRS to recognize it's validity, (again throw common sense out the window and follow the rules literally if you don't want those expenses disallowed,) than what form to report on.

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