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Investing and Tax – get your money back in your pocket!

At Nieuvision our tax specialists are committed to minimising your tax and getting your money back into your pocket! We want you to get the best out of each of your investment properties and continue you on your journey to wealth.

You may not know that there are a number of tax benefits available to property investors which don’t require extensive knowledge of the taxation system. These benefits (while helpful in offsetting the cost of holding a property while pursuing a ‘buy and hold’ capital growth strategy) may be affected by different ownership structures – an important point to remember.

We’ve outlined some strategies for you to consider.

Negative gearing (and deductible costs)

Negative gearing is the main and most talked about tax benefit. Essentially, it softens the blow of owning an investment property by allowing you to claim the difference between income and costs as a deduction – thus reducing your overall taxable income while the property gains in value.

The main advantage of negative gearing is that it makes a rental property much more affordable as the tax savings can be substantial.

As a landlord you can claim tax deductions for a wide range of the expenses related to your rental property (including interest on the loan). Our tax specialists can give you a clear picture of what you can claim for your personal circumstances, though in general the following expenses can normally be claimed on tax:

Depreciation

This is a generic term used to describe how an asset declines in value over time. Property investors can claim depreciation as a deduction from their overall income. Depreciation of an investment property is based on its ‘useful life’, or the number of years a property is expected to be in use. (Depending on the type of property and when it was built, a property’s useful life can range from 25 years to 40 years.)

It is wise to talk to a professional to get a comprehensive list of assets that depreciate, but in general you can claim against:

Depreciation is based on the replacement cost of the item, which may vary in value depending on the type and quality of the asset. You can save considerable money by noting the depreciation of assets – don’t be fooled into thinking your property is “too old” as you can often back date a claim.

PAYG variations

A point worth noting is that you don’t have to wait until the end of the tax year to take advantage of these savings. If you fill in a PAYG Withholding Variation form, you can spread the tax refund that would normally be paid at year end throughout the course of the year. This is an effective way to improve monthly cash flow.

Capital gains tax

You may choose, for various reasons, to sell your investment property. If you make a profit on the sale you have made a ‘capital gain’. This gain is taxable and the profit is added to your regular income in the year you made the sale. The tax will then be determined accordingly. There are important capital gains tax concessions available to property investors.

Claiming

When making any taxation claims, you need to keep all official documentation (including receipts and bank statements) and an accurate depreciation schedule.

Refer to the ATO website for a complete list of claims or talk to one of our Tax Specialists.

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