Hello, I am using Turbotax personal and business edition for preparing my taxes. I bought my house in July 2017, and started renting a room out in Aug 2017, at fair market price. I have been staying in my house during the time. I put down personal use days as 183 days (July 2017 ~ end of year), and 152 days for renting it out (Aug 2017 ~ end of year). I put down 183 days for me owning the place.
However, the smart check shows an error that the number of days owned needs to equal or be higher than personal use days + rent out days. So are my personal use days only the ones I am the only occupant of my house?
It was really confusing when I try to read the details of turbotax and IRS rules.
First, indicate under the Property Profile section that you are renting a part of your home. Then enter the number of days rented if rented less than a full year.
Note: Personal Use days is referring to the number of days you occupied the rental unit after it was placed in service. If you never used the room after it was rented, enter 0 for personal use days.
So you get an error when you counted the number of days from August until the end of the year? End of August to December 31st doesn't equal 183 days, so I would look at a calendar and re-calculate.