Your depreciation and tax return in Australia is your best asset for putting money away into your bank account. It doesn’t matter if you live and work overseas. Your Australian revenue is guaranteed when you have investment properties and professionals taking care of them.
When you purchase investment properties, whether commercial or residential, you must always declare the income they bring you. Returns are minor in the beginning thanks to negative gearing. This happens when the overall expense of maintaining the property costs more than your rental income. But you’ll get your money back over time thanks to depreciation and claiming other items on tax.
As your property, and the items in it, depreciate over time, it equals more money in your bank account. You’ll receive the maximum benefit when you get a depreciation schedule from a professional. We have a lot of clients asking about this process and how it works. This is what we tell them:
- Buy the property and finalise the settlement
- Call Deppro and schedule a visit
- The quantity surveyor visits the property, takes pictures, and makes notes
- Answer any questions the surveyor has and provide the necessary documents
- Your depreciation schedule arrives
When you receive your depreciation report, hand it over to your accountant who manages your tax return in Australia. They’ll amend past returns and use the report to get you the best amount back on future ones.
It’s easier than you might think to tie your depreciation schedule to your tax return in Australia. Of course you’ll be affected by negative gearing (unless you snapped up an amazing property), but depreciation and other tax deductions over time will earn your money back. Once the quantity surveyor has done their job and the report is yours, hand it over to your accountant. They’ll make sure your investment pays off.