Property investors its tax time again
DEDUCTIONS YOU CAN CLAIM FOR COSTS INCURRED
- Repairs to make good or remedy defects in, damage to or deterioration of the property.
- Management and maintenance costs, such as advertising, body corporate fees and charges, cleaning, council rates, water charges, land tax, gardening, pest control, insurance (building, contents, public liability).
- Interest on your bank loans and borrowing expenses.
HOW ARE MAJOR RENOVATIONS TREATED?
Major renovations, such as remodelling a bathroom, are classed as capital improvements by the ATO and are either depreciated over the life of the asset or claimed as capital works deductions. Either way, these cannot be claimed straight away so you’ll be looking at spreading the cost over several years, or even decades.Examples of upgrades could be a new kitchen and tenants love a dishwasher, installation of a reverse cycle split system for efficient heating and cooling, adding on a carport, garage or deck area, installation of double glazing etc.
Document well as the tax office will be paying close attention to property investors in coming years. Always consider speaking with your accountant when investing large sums into your investment property and get some up front advice.
For advice on what to focus on in terms of adding value for resale or attracting better tenants and making your property more attractive and easy to lease when it comes vacant, then call us at Buyer Solutions as we are experts. What to do and importantly what not to do to your property may not be obvious but our expert Buyers Agents and Property Manager can help you make smart, rewarding decisions.