When everything old is new again

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Expert Advice: by Tyron Hyde

Can you claim depreciation on an older renovated property?
 
Yes, it doesn’t matter who paid for those renovations – as long as the work took place post 1985, you (as the new owner) are entitled to depreciate it.
 
And the good news is even minor renovations can yield a significant amount of depreciation.
I recently inspected a unit that was renovated in the mid-nineties.
 
I estimated that the previous owner spent about $55,000 putting in a new kitchen, bathroom, new blinds and carpet.
 
The current owner would be looking at about $8000 - $10000 worth of tax deductions in the first year alone.
 
That’s because items like carpet and blinds have a relatively low effective life – which means you can claim them quicker.
 
Trouble is – in most cases the new owner won’t have access to the renovation costs. But – that’s where we come in.
 
Washington brown has a team of trained quantity surveyors who can inspect the property and estimate the price of the renovations.
 
We then create a depreciation schedule we can send straight to your accountant.
 
 

Tyron Hyde is a director of quantity surveying firm Washington Brown. For more QS Corner tips and information on property depreciation including a FREE online tax depreciation calculator, visit www.washingtonbrown.com.au

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