Removing Budget Confusion Over Claiming Depreciation

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THE 2017 FEDERAL BUDGET (handed down by Treasurer Scott Morrison on Tuesday 9 May) includes proposed changes, which will affect residential property investors Australia-wide.

At this stage, our understanding is that depreciation claims relating to commercial properties won’t be affected. This is good news for anyone who owns a commercial property. [Read more…]

Common Property Deductions for Commercial Strata-title Owners

AN ESSENTIAL PART of ensuring commercial property owners claim the maximum depreciation for their property is taking advantage of any common property deductions which may apply.

Owners of all types of commercial property owners are entitled to claim deductions for the wear and tear that occurs to the building and its fixtures. [Read more…]

Foreign Resident CGT Withholding Regime

ON 25 FEBRUARY 2016, Parliament passed a new foreign resident capital gains tax withholding regime.

The regime applies to contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2016; and is intended to assist the Commissioner of Taxation in the collection of the CGT payable by foreign residents.

Under the regime, a 10% non-final withholding tax will apply to foreign residents on the disposal of relevant taxable Australian property.

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It’s Tax Time Again!

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HOW WOULD YOU like a detailed checklist to make sure no deductions are left unclaimed? You will find it covers virtually everything you need as a Commercial property investor, including things like …

  • Income-related Deductions
  • Work-related Deductions
  • Other Sundry Deductions
  • Your Rental Properties
  • Offsets/Rebates

[Read more…]

6 Tips for Commercial Investors at Tax Time [Pt 1]

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ARE YOU maximising your Commercial property depreciation deductions this financial year?

Tax time is approaching quickly and you are probably preparing to visit your Accountant to complete your annual income tax assessment. [Read more…]

Giving Back: How to Use Private Ancillary Funds

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PERHAPS THIS is might appear to you as something out of “left field” … but more and more investors are using PAFs to manage their charitable donations. [Read more…]

Know Your Depreciation BEFORE You Purchase

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BEFORE YOU PURCHASE a Commercial investment property, make sure you crunch the numbers. If you appropriately claim property depreciation, you can significantly increase the return on your investment.

What Deductions Can You Make?

More often than not, investors fail to realise the financial benefit of claiming depreciation prior to making their purchase. [Read more…]

Depreciation Differences: Part 2

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Commercial Vs Residential Property.

LAST WEEK, we covered the different types of Depreciation and the depreciation rules for tenants in Commercial properties.

Read on now, for the rules for claiming occupancy in a Commercial/Residential property — plus another useful tip, when it comes to when claiming deprecation. [Read more…]

Commercial Vs Residential Property … What are the Depreciation Differences?

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THIS IS THE FIRST of a 2-part article, to help provide you with a useful comparison between the depreciation of Commercial and Residential property.

Investors considering purchasing an investment property will often enquire whether a Commercial or a Residential property will provide them with more deductions in the form of depreciation.

However, there are many important factors you need to be aware of when making a choice between these two investment options. [Read more…]

New Effective Lives of Depreciable Assets

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THE AUSTRALIAN Taxation Office (ATO) has released a new tax ruling — effective from the 1st of July 2013.

Tax Ruling 2013/04

Replacing Tax Ruling 2012/2 , Tax Ruling 2013/4 explains the methods you should use when determining the effective lives of depreciating assets.

While Table B of Tax Ruling 2013/4 lists the effective lives of depreciable assets currently recognised by the ATO.

Roll Out of New Effective Lives

The tax ruling in effect at the time you acquired an asset determines the effective life of that asset. Therefore, any changes the ATO have made to the effective lives of assets in Tax Ruling 2013/4 — only affect assets purchased and installed for use after the 1st of July 2013. [Read more…]

How to Write-off up to $6,500 … Instantly!

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SIMPLER DEPRECIATION LAWS have recently been introduced to assist small businesses — which take effect as from the 2012-2013 financial year.

Under GST rules, every Commercial investment property is deemed to be a “going concern” … or in other words, a business. Therefore, you could qualify to benefit from the instant asset write-off threshold having been increased to $6,500.

This new rule allows businesses to write-off any depreciating asset with a total cost less than $6,500.

Previously, the cost threshold was $1,000; and anything over this cost could not be claimed as an instant deduction. [Read more…]