Tax and legal advice

5 tips for landlords to survive tax time

By Sasha Karen

With tax time fast approaching, property investors may not be prepared. One landlord insurance specialist gives some tips on how to play nice with the tax man.

Carolyn Parrella, executive manager of Terri Scheer Insurance and property investor, says landlords often come under scrutiny from the ATO when lodging tax returns and it is vital they complete returns accurately.

“Landlords should consult their accountants to confirm what can and cannot be claimed as a tax-deductible expense. This ensures all claims are legitimate and the tax return amount is maximised,” Ms Parrella said.

“Seeking advice from a tax specialist can help make this time of the year much easier for landlords.”

Ms Parrella offered these five tips for tax time:

Negative gearing

“The net loss generated by negative gearing can be offset against other income to reduce the tax payable,” she said.

Ms Parrella added that landlords may be unaware interest can be claimed only when a property is available for rent.

“For example, if a property is lived in for half a year and leased as a holiday rental for the other half, you cannot claim the interest for the full 12 months.”

Insurance

Landlord insurance premiums can usually be claimed as a tax deduction, but Ms Parrella said this is typically overlooked.

She urged landlords to check their insurance policy to ensure they have the appropriate coverage. 

“A standard home and contents insurance policy won’t cover landlords for the specific risks associated with property investing,” Ms Parrella said.

Expenses

Landlords may also forget to claim costs they are rightfully entitled to.

For example, apartment owners can claim body corporate fees on strata or community title properties; landlords who rent furnished property can claim rental income as a tax deduction; maintenance costs can be tax deductable and running costs such as council rates, land taxes, and water and sewerage charges can potentially be claimable.

Ms Parrella cautioned that landlords should check first with their accountant on what can and cannot be claimed before submitting their claim.

Offsetting costs

She noted that self-managing landlords might be able to claim the costs of working from home.

“If you’re a self-managed landlord, you may be able to claim some of the costs of your home office. You won’t be able to claim all the costs, such as purchasing the computer and the monthly internet bills. However, a fair and reasonable part of this may be deductible.”

Property manager

Property managers can be useful for landlords and their cost can be a deductible expense, according to Ms Parrella.

“Appointing a property manager might create a potential tax benefit while assisting with organisation and saving time for landlords,” she said.

“A good property manager will take care of the administrative responsibilities involved in an investment property. They should also be able to help reduce the burden at tax time by compiling and completing the relevant paperwork for ATO reporting.”

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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 regional Victoria outperformed that of Melbourne in the June quarter, the latest REIV figures reveal. 

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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.

The result in Melbourne was due to a 0.8 of a percentage point fall in prices achieved at auction; this was despite a lift of 2.3 per cent in private sales.

Inner Melbourne suffered due to auction prices, where median prices fell by 4.9 per cent to $1,459,000 but it was middle Melbourne that was hardest hit, with a 5.4 per cent drop to $974,500.

Outer Melbourne had a good quarter with the median rising by 0.5 of a percentage point to $681,000.

Apartment prices in regional Victoria grew by 3.7 per cent to $304,500 while the metro media was up by 0.5 of a percentage point to $604,000.

REIV President Richard Simpson said that despite fewer sales, many sectors of the market were performing well.

“2017 was a bumper year and while the trendline has flattened, despite the fall in median house prices in the June quarter, median prices are still up this calendar year for both houses and units, in Melbourne and in the regions,” Mr Simpson said. 

In particular there was been strong growth in regional centres which is probably due to the first-home buyers’ concessions said Mr Simpsons.

“The first-home buyers’ concession has been a boon for regional areas. A new entrant to the property market buying a house at the regional median will pay no stamp duty, while a first home buyer of an apartment in Melbourne at the median price would pay stamp duty of nearly $25,000,” he said.

Mr Simpson said that more prospective buyers are looking towards regional Victoria which is also having an effect in Melbourne.

“Melbourne’s outer perimeter continues to grow. Small increases in the June quarter mean that the median prices for both houses and units have risen over 10.5 per cent from a year ago.

Mr Simpson said moving forward that vendors need more realistic expectations as the highs of 2017 are now over.

“Negative chatter about the future of the sector coupled with stronger lending controls by financial institutions has created some uncertainty and vendors need to be realistic with their price expectations,” Mr Simpson said.

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