Losing money on a timeshare?

  @Money June 12, 2013: 3:14 PM ET

People paying full retail price for a timeshare rarely make a profit.

NEW YORK (Money Magazine)

I bought a timeshare in 2004 for $27,500 and sold it for $7,500 in 2013. Will I be allowed to take a capital loss? -- Gary P., Ohio

Sorry. As is the case with a home, car, or boat, timeshares are nearly always treated by the IRS as a personal asset, says Gil Charney, tax research analyst at H&R Block. Thus, losses aren't deductible.

On the other hand, had you sold your timeshare at a profit, the IRS would take a much greater interest in the deal: You'd be taxed on the gain.

People paying full retail price, however, rarely profit, since prices typically drop on the resale market.

Related: Feds crack down on timeshare scams

Buyers can find better values there, says Lisa Ann Schreier, author of Timeshare Vacations for Dummies.

But buyer beware: Get proof that taxes and maintenance are paid, and that the title is clear. To top of page

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