Accounting & Tax

Property investors – Things to consider when claiming depreciation

Tips to ensure no item is missed and to maximise their depreciation deductions:
1.Take note of the assets included in the above table
2.If you have a depreciation schedule and you own any of these assets, confirm with your Accountant that they are included in your schedule and your depreciation claim. If items have been missed, the Australian Taxation Office will allow you to go back and amend the previous two years of missed deductions
3.If you don’t have a depreciation schedule you should talk to a specialist Quantity Surveyor as soon as possible
4.Ensure your specialist Quantity Surveyor can outline the deductions available for assets which are eligible* to be written off immediately or added to the low-value pool

Proposed changes to Residential Property legislation

Under proposed changes outlined in draft legislation (section 2 of Treasury Laws Amendment Bill 2017), investors who exchange contracts on a second hand residential property after 7:30pm on 9th May 2017 will no longer be able to claim depreciation on previously used plant and equipment assets. They can claim deductions on plant and equipment items they purchase and directly incur the expense. Investors who purchased prior to this date and those who purchase a brand new property will still be able to claim depreciation as they were previously. Investors should note that these changes are not yet law, as the legislation still needs to be passed through the senate for confirmation

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