Strategic approach to your property investment

At the start of the new financial year, property investors have a valuable chance to review and enhance their investment approaches.

This article gives tips to consider to effectively gear up for the year ahead.

Know the important tax dates

Knowing the important tax dates is essential in preparing for the new financial year.

  • Investors who are lodging their tax return through an accountant must lodge the previous year’s return by 15 May.
  • 30 June marks the end of the financial year, which is the cut-off date to which investors can pay expenses and claim those costs in this year’s return.
  • must lodge their tax return by October 31.

Know which deductions you can claim 

There are several deductions available to property investors that can improve cash flow significantly come tax time. Understanding which deductions you’re eligible for and how to maximise them can help you reduce your taxable income and lower potential tax liabilities.

The tax deductions available for investment property owners include:

  • Advertising fees
  • Body corporate fees
  • Cleaning expenses
  • Council rates
  • Gardening and lawn mowing
  • Insurance
  • Interest repayments
  • Land tax
  • Legal fees
  • Pest control
  • Property depreciation
  • Property management fees
  • Refinancing costs
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Tax depreciation schedule and accounting fees
  • Travel
  • Utilities
  • Water charges

It’s important to note that expenses can only be deducted if they are directly related to an investment property.

Prepay expenses

To claim costs in the same financial year all expenses, including repairs and maintenance, interest, insurance, tax depreciation schedules, and ongoing expenses, must be paid before 30 June. Ensure that all expenses are prepaid before this date to be eligible for claiming them in the same year.

Keep records

One of the most important steps is to keep detailed records of all income and expenses associated with the property. Records should include rental income, mortgage payments, council and land taxes, insurance, costs of repairs and maintenance, and any other expenses related to the property.

Keeping records supports claims for deductions and will help you and your accountant prepare for the new financial year. 

Go through an accountant

While you can prepare your own tax return, the process can be quite complex. Therefore, it’s often advisable to seek assistance from a qualified accountant. Accountants play a crucial role in helping people navigate intricate tax laws and ensure that all eligible claims are maximised and accurately filed.

Contact our KMT accountants for assistance with your tax!

Maximise deductions with depreciation

The ATO allows owners of income-producing properties to claim a tax deduction for the wear and tear of the property and its assets over time.

Depreciation is claimable under two categories. Capital works (Division 43) deductions are claimable on the building’s structure and permanent assets. Plant and equipment (Division 40) depreciation is claimable on the easily removable or mechanical assets.

Investors wanting to maximise deductions and lower their taxable income should be claiming depreciation. Claiming depreciation allows investors to recoup a portion of the costs associated with owning and maintaining an investment property.

Because depreciation is the only non-cash deduction available to investors, no money needs to be spent to claim it.

BMT Tax Depreciation find their residential clients an average claim of almost $9,000 in the first full financial year.

The article is provided by BMT Tax DepreciationBMT Tax Depreciation is Australia’s leading supplier of residential and commercial tax depreciation schedules. For more information on how investors can best take advantage of depreciation deductions within an investment propertycontact the expert team at BMT.

If you need assistance with your tax planning, contact KMT accountants today!