Real estate is a great investment avenue. But property investors have to deal with depreciation. Every year the value of their property reduces. This is called depreciation. The rate of depreciation that each component of your property is eligible for is different. It depends on the ATO (Australian Tax Office) regulations. The Australian tax depreciation rules clearly specify the different rates. Accordingly, the tax deductions can be calculated and claimed. But for that, a complete schedule of depreciation calculations for every year needs to be created. That is called a depreciation schedule.
Process for Creating Depreciation Schedule
The first step of the process, is to get in touch with a dependable agency. This will help you save both time and effort. They will send you a qualified quantity surveyor of which will list down every single asset on your property. Then those assets are categorized as per the ATO rules. The depreciation schedule is then created with such details. A reputable agency will make the process of claiming depreciation on investment property very easy and convenient.
The Tax Benefits
Once the depreciation schedule is ready, it provides the corresponding tax breaks that are permitted by law. If the schedule has been correctly made, then the tax return will also be accurate. Therefore, there is no chance of double tax getting paid for the same item. Not to mention, you would not miss out on any taxable items. But most importantly, no eligible tax deduction option would get left out. Therefore, you can be assured that the lowest possible tax is paid.
A properly-made depreciation schedule is very important for investors. Otherwise, they can end up losing a part of their profits needlessly. Investors should have an accurate view of the tax savings they are eligible for, and such a schedule can help them.
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You might be planning to pay advance tax or it might be time for the last tax submission date. Whatever your situation, it is always useful to estimate tax returns in advance, to ensure you plan your finances carefully. Tax returns can have several aspects, depending on your profession and your source of income. So keeping some time in hand is a good idea. Not to mention, you may be eligible for tax refunds from earlier years, so you should take that into account in your tax estimate as well.
Impact of Property on Tax Returns
If you are the owner of a rental or investment property, it will impact your tax liabilities. Every property attracts depreciation as per ATO rules. However, there is an upside, as property depreciation makes you eligible for tax allowances. This reduces your tax when you file your tax return Australia. But to ensure you get this reduce in tax, it is crucial your depreciation schedule has been made properly. This helps calculate the correct tax breaks you are eligible for. However, the current applicable laws must be considered when making the schedule. This will ensure that the property owner doesn’t pay double tax and assist with claiming the maximum deductions possible.
How to Estimate Tax Returns with Correct Depreciation
To estimate Tax Returns with the accurate depreciation, a property and all of its assets must be correctly assessed. This is where a reputable company like Deppro Victoria can help. They have qualified expert quantity surveyors on their rolls; they can help you to make the most accurate property depreciation schedule. Firstly, the surveyors make several field visits to take accurate measurements. This is then used to quantify each asset’s depreciation for each year.
When you wish to estimate tax returns, you need to take depreciation and refunds into account. Reputable companies with skilled staff can help you do these calculations. Instead of wasting your own valuable time, these companies do it all for you!
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Business owners living above their shops is nothing new. From Europe to Asia, the likes of butchers, leather goods workers, and produce sellers have lived in apartments above their businesses. Australia is catching on (again), and work/live/play spaces are once again on the rise.
Why so slow on the uptake?
Zoning is the major issue. One roadblock that stops business owners from living above their workspace is that their business property is in a commercial zone, not a residential one.
In Australia, there are four major zones: commercial, residential, industrial, and agricultural. There are subzones within each category. The live/work way of life was a lot simpler before zoning laws came into the mix. But it can be done, as seen in the example below.
Byron Bay is known for its creative spirit. It’s the home of artists, designers, chefs, and those who have turned their craft into a living. Rather than commute to work, Habitat offers established businesses and start-ups the opportunity to live and work within walking distance. In this case, right downstairs.
Developer Brendan Saul saw the gap for an affordable, sustainable live and work space. Habitat was inundated with enquiries and officially opened its doors in late 2017 and hosts the likes of florists, clothing retailers, cafes, restaurants, and gyms. It opened a communal workspace in 2018.
It is possible
Governments have also gotten on the live/work trend, providing affordable living spaces for creatives and entrepreneurs wanting to take risks.
When you decide to take the plunge and invest in a live/work space, make sure you reach out to a professional. Brokers and real estate agents will have the zoning knowledge and will guide you through the process of building your own space, if you so desire, to lease.
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As an investor, you want to be up-to-date with market trends and find ways to bring in tenants to your commercial properties. If they’ve sat bare for a couple of years, and looking dates, then it’s time to get renovating. We have a couple of hacks so you can focus on the right areas, where you can make the most money off your depreciation schedule.
Not just any type of bathroom with a few toilet stalls and basins; looks definitely matter. Offices, shops and restaurants are becoming fancier with their designs. Even gyms have bathrooms worthy of an interior design featurette.
A gym shower and sauna in the USA
Bathrooms are major selling points for tenants in both residential and commercial property. Natural wood elements and lighting paired with neutral tiles is a common combination that never fails to impress. If you own an office block and have the room, fully equipped bathrooms are an excellent selling point. Workers often hit the gym before they make their way to the office. They’ll need a place to freshen up before the day ‘officially begins’.
Kids play area
Employees have families, as do potential visitors. And not everyone can bring in a babysitter or find a daycare. Having am on-site kids play area in a commercial property isn’t that unusual. Shopping centres have done it before, and the trend is slowly spreading to gyms and workplaces.
Definitely a feature that will attract tenants. They need a place to keep their food, make their coffee and take a break from their desks. The kitchen is where you can make money in terms of the plant and equipment items in place there. This includes the dishwasher, espresso machine, microwave, sink and fittings.
Humans need sunlight and fresh air; what better way to access it at work than an outdoor area? When you’re renovating the property/making an extension, turn the extension into a patio with some hedges, a barbecue and some outdoor furniture. The barbecue and the furniture can be depreciated.
Yes, we are giving you an excuse to go out and buy some big screen televisions. Modern properties have a showreel on their TV screens, usually placed in the foyer and meeting rooms.
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Mistakes are part of life, but you’ll be kicking yourself if they lose you money. Make sure you avoid the ones below.
Rent at mates rates
It’s natural to want to help your mates out; it’s what friends do. But there are some situations where mates rates should not apply, and that includes property. The reason investors get into the property market is because they want to make an income. Friends can certainly live in properties you own, but be firm when you say they must pay rent. You’re running a business, not a charity.
Don’t mix business with mates; you can’t be a friend and a land lord
Don’t attempt this unless you’re a quantity surveyor. These people work out costings for building projects and have a high level of education. They’re part of an official body (Australian Institution of Quantity Surveyors) that ensures members are aware of the latest industry standards and participate in the training required to keep up their skillset.
Long story short; unless you have a Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering), leave it to the experts. Book an appointment here to get a qualified surveyor in for a visit.
Saying ‘that’s not worth anything’
Just because some of the properties have a few decades on them doesn’t mean they aren’t worthless. Some capital works are still eligible for deductions.
Items that are worth $300 or less are eligible for immediate deduction; think the rubbish bins, smoke alarms, children’s play equipment and the curtains. Other overlooked deductions include spa baths, bathroom and kitchen appliances and even the swimming pool are items that can be claimed on a tax depreciation schedule.
Old doesn’t equal worthess
Putting it in the wrong category
Yes, this is one of the dangers of DIY depreciation. In the schedules that quantity surveyors create, there’s two categories; capital works and plant and equipment. They’re also known as Divisions 43 and 40, respectively.
Capital works include items that are built into the property itself; wiring, driveways, fences and some landscaping. Plant and equipment include things you can easily remove from the property such as furniture and carpeting. If you own a commercial property the desks, blinds and shelves can be claimed. You can find out more about deductions on the ATO website.
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Over recent years, the ATO has paid growing attention to tax returns submitted by tax payers relating to investment properties.
It is therefore highly likely that the Australian Taxation Office will pay particular attention to tax depreciation reports for investment properties when property investors submit their tax return from 1 July.
In particular, they may pay particular attention to tax depreciation reports that are prepared without a physical inspection of the property.
Unfortunately, a growing number of tax deprecation companies are not undertaking physical inspection of properties to cut costs and this failure could result in serious problems for their clients if they are audited.
If you are a property investor and plan to visit your tax accountant regarding your tax return from 1 July, you should raise the issue of tax depreciation and obtaining an ATO compliant tax depreciation schedule for your property or properties.
It is important to raise with your accountant the fact that desktop estimates of potential tax depreciation benefits are not accepted by the ATO and that a physical inspection of the property is required.
Accountants need to protect the interests of their clients by ensuring that the tax deprecation company they recommend to their client, conducts a physical inspection of the property.
The same principle applies to other professionals related to the property sector such as mortgage brokers who refer their clients to a tax deprecation company. Similarly, they should check if the tax deprecation company undertakes a physical inspection of the investment property before making a referral.
This is a simple check but one which could ensure that their client does not have to pay substantial penalty fees imposed by the ATO because the tax deprecation report is not compliant.
Overall, it is still unfortunate fact that a large number of tax payers who own investment properties will collectively miss out on millions of dollars in tax depreciation benefits over the coming weeks simply because they do not correctly claim them through lack of knowledge.
DEPPRO estimates that only one in five residential investors make use of the tax depreciation entitlements which are available to all investors on all investment properties.
Many property investors who have owned their properties for several years and have not undertaken a tax depreciation schedule still have the potential to claim back thousands of dollars in tax depreciation benefits.
A depreciation schedule can be undertaken at any time by a property investor. If you own a property for a number of years, you can still undertake a depreciation schedule and put in an adjusted tax return to enable them to obtain unclaimed tax depreciation benefits.
Most investors do not realize that tax benefits obtained through depreciation can be equivalent to 60% of the total purchase price of the property.
For a new apartment in a capital city, for example, this can equate to over $300,000 in possible tax benefits through depreciation.
You should engage the services of a tax deprecation company who will undertake an inspection of your property and provide you with an ATO compliant tax depreciation report which you can provide to your accountant.
This report is a ‘once off’ and will outline the amount of tax benefits you can claim on an annual basis. Anyone considering employing a tax depreciation company should ensure that they are a member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS).
Obtaining a tax depreciation schedule that is compliant with ATO guidelines is a small investment that can deliver a huge financial return and boost cash flows during a time when rents throughout Australia are under downward pressure.
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Real estate is a tricky business and there’s a lot of articles out there telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. Some of them though, are fake news. Or at least news without the research to back up what they’re saying. Luckily for our customers, we know a few things about real estate and what myths you need to stop believing.
You can get rich quick
This only happens on reality television and those shows are giving new investors/aspiring renovators the wrong idea. Renovation and auction TV shows are highly publicised and the faces in the crowd are there for window dressing.
In reality, property investment, no matter your strategy, requires patience. If flipping houses is your game, the process is likely to take months instead of weeks. Real estate is about making calculated moves, not doing a rush job and slapping an expensive price tag on what you fixed up.
Agents are only interested in commission
It only takes a few bad experiences to spoil the reputation of a lot of good real estate agents. They aren’t just interested in their commission; they’re interested in helping you sell your house. They go to work every day because they love their job. The agents who drive shiny cars and wear nice suits have had a lot of experience and worked their way up the ladder.
Any property manager will do
This one will get a round of horrified looks. A good property manager isn’t easy to find. So don’t look at listings on Gumtree. Ask around and get recommendations. Other property investors are willing to tell you about good service when they experience it.
Inspections can be passed or failed
Not so. It’s an inspector’s job to go through the property and mark what’s good and what needs improving. If there are more crosses than ticks, you have a reason to be nervous.
Renovation before selling equals bigger profit
Age doesn’t justify total replacement unless your appliances are old and busted. Sometimes a coat of paint and new carpet is all you need. Real estate is more than a pretty facade; you must consider location and lifestyle as well.
CBD is the place to invest
This depends on who your ideal tenant is. People ideally want to live close to work, especially when the office is in the CBD. But will a family be looking for an inner-city apartment? Not likely. Will a mechanic set up shop in the city? Also not likely.
You must also think about rent. Prices are soaring, leaving office spaces and apartments empty. This burns a hole in property investor’s wallets. Regroup and rethink your strategy.
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After a severe bout of comparison-itis, you realize your investment isn’t performing as well as the others in the area. But you hesitate at the thought of shelling out more money for the sake of a new carpet. You should focus on improving your investment property if you ever want results like the ones below.
You’ll get a better yield
In Real Estate’s invest section, there are two columns; growth and yield. This is a sensible first place to check when you’re scoping out a suburb’s earning potential.
To get the yield of your investment property, make this calculation: (weekly rent) X 52 weeks / (property value) x 100. This is gross yield before you pay any expenses. Net yield is what you earn after the fact.
You probably have a low yield because the property is dated and sitting empty. It’s hard to generate income with both of those speedbumps giving you trouble.
Your tenants are going to be happy
Tenants are picky people and for a good reason. They’re choosing a place to live/work, hopefully for a long time. If your office block or residence is dated, it’s time to spruce the place up. Fresh coats of paint, carpeting, and amenities like a dishwasher and aircon are all little changes that make a big difference.
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Making improvements like these in your investment property will increase your chances of finding a tenant if you don’t have one. If you’re finding it difficult despite making improvements, think about the rules. It’s difficult, for example, for pet owners to find a home that accommodates animals. Consider making changes in the conditions and you’ll attract appreciative prospects.
They think of it as home, so put the effort in!
It helps your depreciation report
Plant and equipment, aka easily removable features, like furniture, fixtures, and appliances cannot be claimed unless you installed them yourself. This means you miss out on lots of earning potential. After renovations on your investment property, call the quantity surveyor for another inspection.
The property can finally compete
Hamptons, modular, Scandi-style; there are so many home trends to keep on top of. But by at least renovating the house or office will be on par with the others on the market.
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Investing in property isn’t necessarily a hobby, though some see it way. Regardless of whether a person is in the sector to earn a little extra money or making a career out of it, there are things to love – and hate – about owning a portfolio.
Your homes and commercial blocks will always be there unless something extreme happens. Investing in property is often seen as a long-term, reliable investment, particularly when you have tenants.
Property investors have their ears to the ground, and emails in their inboxes, about the latest commercial and residential pickings up for sale. Quality within the building itself is a must; the structure being up to code, curb appeal and a recent update to the capital works are signs of a good investment.
The home itself is one part; the neighbourhood is the other. Tenants, whether they’re a family wanting to put down roots or a business looking to set up shop, will look at the neighbourhood dynamic before deciding to sign anything. Access to public transport, shops, and air conditioning are only a few of the items on their checklist.
Turns negative to positive
You won’t make money straight away, but delayed gratification is a given when you’re investing in property. Negative gearing is when you’re spending more money on your portfolio than there are returns.
When you keep working on it though, the negative gearing will turn into positive cash flow. This happens in a number of ways; lowering interest rates, raising the rent, changing property managers and reducing certain expenses.
Rentvesting = flexibility. You want to live in your dream suburb however, housing prices are on the expensive side. But you can still rent. You have flexibility instead of another mortgage but the luxury of living in a nice suburb.
People don’t want to make a career out of investing in property but they genuinely love the market and browsing homes. Instead of investing some people will buy homes, renovate them and sell for a profit.
No difference between work and play
Now, where there’s a good property, there’s going to be five investors wanting it. Bidding wars happen and people miss out. This is why it’s better to be a strategist, not a romantic who buys with their heart.
Property investors aren’t afraid to share stories about the horror tenants they’ve had over the years. Wild parties, drugs and extreme disrespect of the property e.g. cleanliness are some of the tamer complaints.
Problem tenants are easily weeded out by an experienced property manager. It saves the investors time and heartache (don’t be friends with your tenants).
That being said, however, for every good property manager there’s plenty of bad ones. What does a sketchy property manager look like? Well, they advertise their services in an unpaid ad on Gumtree for one. They also don’t keep a regular inspection schedule or return your calls for days. Good management firms are often recommended by other investors. They will keep you updated and return your calls as soon as they can. Plus, all levels of staff in the office look happy to be at their job.
Capital gains tax
Ah yes, you can’t make a profit without conditions attached. If you sell your property for a profit, then you must pay CGT. It’s unavoidable, but certain conditions and discounts are available to lessen the sting.
Not quite liquid
Investing in property isn’t easy money. You won’t sell it for a quick profit. Good homes can spend days to months on the market. So dress it up nicely and make it a place where people want to live.
No such thing as easy money in the property market
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Property investment is a business, it’s something people make a career out of. And they’re successful because they worked on a strategy. If your own isn’t generating some sort of flow, then it’s probably because you’ve made one or more of the below mistakes.
You haven’t educated yourself
Property investment strategies aren’t basic. They can be explained in simple terms but implementing them is anything but.Understand this: you can’t live off the income of one property alone. It won’t generate the income you desire. But a diverse portfolio of three or more will get you closer. Look at the different strategies out there and ask yourself a few questions, such as:
What is your risk tolerance?
Are you buying commercial, residential, or want a portfolio of mixed property types?
Is your aim for long-term growth or short-term return?
You’re buying with your emotions
Remember, you’re buying properties for tenants, not your future family. Emotional investment leads to burnout and feeling jilted because you didn’t get that property you loved so much.
Find a mentor and start networking with the community. People in the industry are only too happy to share advice about a property investment strategy that’s worked for them. Ask them how they detached themselves from the homes or office blocks they were inspecting.
Another solution is to put yourself in a business person’s mindset. You’re running an enterprise, building your portfolio. If you act the part, everything else comes naturally.
There’s no team backing you
This is a big mistake new investors make. Creating an effective property investment strategy is NOT a DIY-type of project.
Successful investors have a team of professionals behind them not only to keep them grounded but also to keep them from losing all their hard work on a bad investment. You’ll need a savvy accountant to incorporate your strategy into your annual returns, a financial advisor to monitor your investments, a depreciation specialist to create a tax schedule and a property manager to handle general tasks around your portfolio. Asking for help isn’t a punch to your pride, it’s good sense.
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