After a string of robberies in my neighborhood, I decided to install an alarm system. I paid a flat fee for installation plus I pay an amount each month. Is any of this deductible on my taxes?
If the property that you alarmed was your home, the answer is no. There is no tax deduction for installing an alarm system at your home. On the plus side, however, it’s possible that your insurance rates will go down!
If the property that you alarmed was a rental or commercial property, the answer is yes. Both the installation and the monthly fees are deductible as the cost of doing business on those types of property.
There is one more consideration: what if your home is also your place of business? If you take the home office deduction, then you may claim the pro rata portion of the alarm system on your taxes, just as you do with other home office expenses. However, the portion attributable to the non-office portion of your home is still not deductible.
Like any good lawyer, I need to add a disclaimer: Unfortunately, it is impossible to give comprehensive tax advice over the internet, no matter how well researched or written. Before relying on any information given on this site, contact a tax professional to discuss your particular situation.