While you're not allowed to deduct principal payments on loans, there are a few tactics you can try to reduce your tax liabilityMy vacation rental business owns 23 properties on which we make over $200,000 in principal payments annually. Since we make $195,000 in annual profit, every year we end up in the hole financially. We take depreciation on the properties, but it doesn't offset our taxes by much. Is there a way to deduct the principal payments we're making on our properties? —D.P., Cartersville, Ga.
No. "You cannot deduct principal payments on loans," says Bill Fleming, a tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. "This is a typical issue with any leveraged investment—especially real estate, since that is nearly always leveraged."