PROPERTY tax depreciation SCHEDULE

Maximise Your Cash Return On Your Investment

Property tax depreciation is a legitimate deduction against an assessable taxable income, maximising returns for property investors. So, in laymen’s terms, if you are generating income from an investment property, you can claim back the decline in building value, or asset, via a tax deduction on capital works (Division 43) and, in some cases, plant and equipment (Division 40).

The Australian Taxation Office has identified that should your investment property be built after 1985, a Quantity Surveyor is the profession properly qualified to produce a legal property tax depreciation schedule. Accountants, by Australian tax law, are no longer authorised to prepare or estimate construction costs.

Rawlinsons experienced Quantity Surveyors are highly trained, holding Bachelors of Science in Construction Management and are members of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. Our team are experts in the valuation of construction costs, with the ability to accurately estimate construction costs where the information is not readily available.

Please read below for details on how we can help to maximise your cash return on your investment.

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What is included on a Tax Depreciation Schedule?

There are two components;

Division 43: Capital Works Allowance

Capital Works Allowance is calculated on the building construction cost at the time it was built, not the purchase price you just paid for your investment property.

Immovable structural elements of building, examples;

Swimming pool

As well as fixed assets like;

Built in furniture

Division 43: Capital Works Allowance

Each asset has its own diminishing life, as set out by the Australian Taxation Office, depreciation is calculated using this effective life.

Please note, in November 2017, a new Australian rental property bill was passed. The new legislation does not allow depreciation deductions for previously used plant and equipment in second hand rental residential properties if the contracts were exchanged after the 9th May 2017 at 7.30pm. Should an investor purchase new plant and equipment after the 9th May 2017 at 7.30pm, they can claim a deduction over the effective life of the asset. Investors who purchased a second hand property before the 9th May 2017, at 7.30pm, are not subject to the changes and can continue claiming as before.

Immovable structural elements of building, examples;

Air conditioners
Floating floorboards
Washing Machine

How can a Tax Depreciation Schedule help me?

Simple, it saves you money, maximising your cash return each financial year.

Is my property too old?

If your residential investment property was built prior to 1985 you can only claim depreciation on Division 40, Depreciating Assets, if construction commenced after 1985, you can claim Division 43, Capital Works Allowance and, until the 9th May 2017, any Division 40, Plant and Equipment. Please refer to the Division 40 notes above on the changes to legislation passed in November 2017.

Commercial investment properties have varied dates applicable, please contact us for clarification.

How long is the schedule valid?

The lifetime of the house, it will only need updating should you perform renovations or purchase new assets for your investment.

How much will a tax depreciation schedule cost?

Each quotation is customised so please contact our office for an obligation free, written quotation. Our fee is 100% tax deductible.

Sounds great, what do I do next?

Contact our office today; we can have the ball rolling for you ASAP.

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