It’s time to be thinking about tax returns again, and once more the search is on for advantages and deductions. According to the Australian Taxation Office, property investors are entitled to a wealth of tax deductions for their investments – knowing what those deductions are and how to claim them can save you from paying more than you should.
Some rental property expenses can be claimed right away as an immediate deduction.
- repairing guttering, windows or fences damaged in a storm
- maintaining plumbing, painting, oiling, brushing or cleaning something that is otherwise in good working condition or repairing electrical appliances or machinery
- evicting a tenant
- interest on a loan to purchase a rental property or purchase land to build a rental property
- purchase a depreciating asset for the property like an air conditioner
- finance renovations like a deck, or
- make maintenance repairs or repair damage to the property.
Of course when you purchase a rental property you also purchase depreciating assets such as stoves, air-conditioning and hot water systems. These can be claimed over a number of years as a ‘decline in value’ deduction.
And it is not just depreciating assets relating to the rental property that can be claimed over a number of years.
Borrowing costs that are part and parcel of purchasing a property can also be claimed, including loan establishment fees and valuation fees for loan approval.
Building construction and costs for improvements to the property made by you or the previous owner are also among the deductions that can be made (usually over 25 years).
The ATO website has fact sheets that explain exactly what can and cannot be claimed as a tax deduction, including some useful examples. Visit www.ato.gov.au/rental or call 13 28 61 for more information.
Source: Quartile Research