10 Tax Deductions for Home Improvements

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Author's Note: 10 Tax Deductions for Home Improvements

It's kind of cool that we can say something like, "Home improvements don't bring any deductions," and then turn around and find 10 ways that home improvements might reduce your tax liability. Credit the IRS for offering their myriad ways of making home ownership a not-so-terrible deal.

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