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5 ways investors could be saving millions in tax dollars

By Hannah Blackiston
5 ways investors could be saving millions in tax dollars

A national tax depreciation company has released a list of the five common mistakes investors make which could be greatly impacting their tax returns.

According to BMT Tax Depreciation, which has worked with over 400,000 Australian property investors, there are millions of dollars in unclaimed tax that investors are missing out on every year.

1. Not claiming enough

According to CEO of BMT, Bradley Beer, the first mistake investors are prone to is not being thorough enough with their returns.

“Items such as smoke alarms, security systems, swimming pools and even garbage bins are often overlooked but hold valuable tax savings for property investors,” said Mr Beer.

“Fixtures and fittings with a depreciable value less than $300 can be immediately claimed in the first financial year. A garbage bin valued at $250 and smoke alarms valued at $145 are just two examples of items which are eligible and can generate immediate tax savings for applicable investors,” he said.

2. Believing your property is too old

BMT believes some investors think their properties are too old to claim on, but the age of a property does not necessarily rule out all deductions.

“In order to claim the capital works allowance for structural elements of a rental property such as walls, floors and ceilings, your property must have been constructed after 1987. However, owners of older properties can still claim deductions for renovations carried out after the relevant date, even if these were completed by a previous owner,” said Mr Beer.

“They are also eligible to claim deductions for plant and equipment assets within the property such as carpets, hot water systems, blinds and stoves,” he said.

3. Missing deductions after renovations

Items that are scrapped and replaced during renovations can be eligible for deductions.

“Ideally, a property should be assessed before renovation to determine the value for scrapped assets such as tiles or appliances like dishwashers and refrigerators, then after a renovation to account for new additions,” said Mr Beer.

4. Believing that once a return is gone, it should be forgotten

Just because an investment was purchased some time ago, or you have already lodged your return and not included something deductible on it, does not mean you have to miss out according to BMT.

“The ATO allows two previous tax returns to be adjusted so investors would be wise to examine whether they have missed anything and if so, speak to their relevant adviser to have their tax return amended,” said Mr Beer.

5. DIY deductions

Investors are always seeking to maximise their profit on their property portfolio, but as in other areas this doesn’t mean doing your own taxes is the best path to take.

Not only is using a professional tax deductable, you’re also more likely to get a bigger return than you would doing your taxes alone.

“Some investors may not realise the cost of obtaining a depreciation schedule is 100 per cent tax deductible,” said Mr Beer.

“By taking the time to explore the tax depreciation system and working with an expert quantity surveyor, property investors can avoid making these common mistakes and help ensure their investment properties are generating the maximum amount of cash flow possible,” he said.

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Will Magee has had ambitions to enter into the Australian property market for quite some time, but it has been more than just finances holding him back.  Having been granted permanent residency just two weeks ago, Will is wasting no time and is now in the process of signing papers and finding his first investment property.

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In this episode of the Smart Property Investment Show, Will joins host Phil Tarrant to share why he is purchasing his first property in partnership with his brother, discuss the complications that can arise from such a strategy, and unpack the ongoing plan for building a joint property portfolio with his brother.

Will will also share how they approached saving for their first property, why he is taking out the mortgage in his name exclusively, and share their savings plan for the year ahead.

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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Median house prices in the regions rose 4.0 per cent to $419,500 but in Melbourne they dipped by 0.6 of a percentage point to $840,000.

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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.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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