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How to maximise your tax benefits

By Paul Bennion

With rental vacancy rates now rising in many capital cities and weekly rents under downward pressure, property investors need to focus on boosting their cash flow during the financial year.

Blogger: Paul Bennion, managing director, DEPPRO

It is fair to say that the Australian economy is still struggling in its post resources boom transition and that is underlined by the fact that the RBA is very likely to continue to cut interest rates.

While falling interest rates may give some relief to property investors, the outlook for the property market in many capital cities is becoming more challenging and as a result investors need to utilise every tax benefit they are entitled to so they are not put under any undue financial stress.

For example, it is still a fact that a large proportion of Australian property investors fail to claim their full tax depreciation benefits that can equate to 60 per cent of the purchase price of a property.

In dollar terms, if you bought a new apartment for investment purposes that cost $500,000, these total tax depreciation benefits could amount to a massive $300,000.

The typical cost of a tax depreciation report is around $600 which is also tax deductible making it a great investment for astute property investors.

Tax depreciation on a residential property is a deduction against assessable income allowing the owner to reduce the amount of taxation payable.

An investor is able to claim for two distinct types of depreciation on buildings. The first is capital allowance which is a deduction based on the historical construction costs of the property and may include surveying, engineering, architectural and building fees. The second is plant and equipment which includes items such as floor coverings, window treatments and fixed equipment i.e. cookers.

Most investors do not realise that tax benefits obtained through depreciation can be equivalent to 60 per cent of the total purchase price of the property.

You should engage the services of a tax deprecation company who will undertake an inspection of your property and provide you with an ATO compliant tax depreciation report which you can provide to your accountant. This report is a ‘once off’ and will outline the amount of tax benefits you can claim on an annual basis. Anyone considering employing a tax depreciation company should ensure that they are a member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS).

We estimate that only one in five residential investors make use of the tax depreciation entitlements which are available to all investors on all investment properties.

Many property investors who have owned their properties for several years and have not undertaken a tax depreciation schedule still have the potential to claim back thousands of dollars in tax depreciation benefits.

A depreciation schedule can be undertaken at any time by a property investor. If you own a property for a number of years, you can still undertake a depreciation schedule and put in an adjusted tax return to enable them to obtain unclaimed tax depreciation benefits.

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Paul Bennion

Paul Bennion

Paul Bennion is the managing director of DEPPRO tax depreciation specialists.
DEPPRO Pty Ltd is Australia’s leading property depreciation company, specialising solely in the preparation of tax depreciation reports for residential, commercial, industrial and leisure investment properties.

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Many investors who would have been successfully approved for finance last year are struggling now to either begin or continue their property investment journey because of the current financial climate.

In this episode of the Smart Property Investment Show, broker John Manciamelli and Momentum Media director Alex Whitlock joins host Tim Neary to discuss how APRA changes and the royal commission have resulted in a tighter lending economy and what that means for Australian investors.

They discuss what traps investors should avoid if they are trying to obtain finance, the four key growth drivers in a property market and unpacking trust structures while revealing one type of trust that you should miss.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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Katarina discusses about the team that she had help her along the way, why she thinks that you should never skimp on a good solicitor and accountant, and the red flags which tell her why buying a new property doesn’t necessarily mean buying a better property.

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They will compare regional markets with capital cities as investment options, reveal some areas which they consider to be poor investments at the moment while also discussing some of the markets where they see future potential.

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