I need to adding the cost of a capital improvement to the basis of a rental property for depreciation purposes. I can add it as a new Asset but it does not accumulate to the same rental property. I am looking for the way to correctly do this.
But improvements are separate assets and a new asset should be created in the year that the improvements were put into use.
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You mean attach to the same property. You can change the activity in the Forms menu, while you are looking at the new asset sheet.
Every time you add a new asset, do it while looking at another asset in the same activity, then it will attach properly.