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Of course, if you are not married, and the hosue title is in your name, you can take all available deductions...

Tom Copeland

Quite right.


If you are not married but renting (with both names on the lease) can you claim utilities and such? Would the utilities have to be in my name or do I just need proof that I paid them?

Tom Copeland

Since both your names are on the rental agreement, you can claim utilities, rent, etc. The utilities don't have to be in your name as long as you can show you paid them.


Thank you for answering me.


Residing with my boyfriend. He used his bank account to pay the rent and utilities so, after reading above I believe that I can not claim any of these since it wasn't taken directly out of my own (separate) bank account. Is this correct? I would like to know so that I don't loose out on this next year if this is how it works. (I can then fix the problem by paying out of my checking account instead of having him do it?)

Tom Copeland

If you are not married to the owner of the home you can only deduct house expenses that you are legally obligated to pay. If your name is on the water bill then you can deduct a portion of the cost. If your boyfriend's name is on the water bill and you pay him for this cost, you can deduct part of the cost. But, your boyfriend would have to claim the amount you paid him as income.

Justin Moreau

Tom, what if they are engaged and share a checking account and the utilities are in the name of the owner of the house. Would that still be proof enough that the daycare provider paid for the utilities? Would the owner still have to claim it as income?


Being engaged doesn't mean anything taxwise. It only matters if they are married by December 31st. If they share a checking account and pay the utilities out of this account, then the provider can deduct a portion of the utilities. The owner of the home wouldn't have to report this as income.

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