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Claiming tax back can be a tricky minefield to navigate, but one depreciation specialist believes new property investments can hold almost $9,000 in easily claimable tax deductions.
Property investors interested in making the most of their deductions may not be aware investment in new properties can hold almost $9,000 of tax deductions, according to Bradley Beer, CEO of BMT Tax Depreciation
“I would be surprised if thousands of investors couldn’t make claims exceeding $10,000 after owning a new investment property for a year,” Mr Beer said.
Investors are allowed to claim deductions on general property aging wear and tear and internal items breaking down, which is referred to as depreciation.
The first step on claiming depreciation, according to BMT Tax Depreciation, is on capital works deductions on a property’s structure and items permanently connected to the property, which can total $5,065 for one year.
This can then be repeated for the next 40 years, starting from the construction of the property.
Investors can also claim depreciation on removable plant and equipment assets.
Hanging onto a property for two years can result in even higher depreciation values, as Mr Beer noted many items depreciate at a higher rate in the second year.
Renovations can not only add value to a property, but also allow investors to find even more deductions to claim.
“Renovations can also be especially lucrative for property investors so they would be wise to review the depreciation value of different items before deciding on their final renovation strategy, as they may be able to offset some of the cost of the upgrade by being clever with what they purchase and how they renovate,” Mr Beer said.
While this is all applicable for new properties, Mr Beer mentioned second-hand properties are only applicable if contracts were exchanged before 7.30pm, 9 May 2017.