Income that you receive for the rental of your vacation home must generally be reported on your federal income tax return.
However, if you rent the property for only a short time each year, you may not be required to report the rental income.
The IRS offers these tips on reporting rental income from a vacation home such as a house, apartment, condominium, mobile home or boat:
You are considered to use the property as a residence if your personal use is more than 14 days, or more than 10% of the total days it is rented to others if that figure is greater. For example, if you live in your vacation home for 17 days and rent it 160 days during the year, the property is considered used as a residence and your deductible rental expenses would be limited to the amount of rental income.
IRS Publication 527, Residential Rental Property (Including Rental of Vacation Homes), is available at IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). The booklet offers more information about rental property, including special rules about personal use and how to report rental income and expenses.