Expert Advice with Tyron Hyde - 09/07/2015
A round this time of year, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) ramps up client compliance monitoring by writing to property investors who have purchased investment properties.
From my experience, the ATO tends to target the following areas:
1. Whether property investors are claiming repairs and maintenance correctly. For example, are they claiming repairs as instant deductions, or should the costs be spread out over time? This is a complex area and you should always check with your accountant before claiming repairs as an outright deduction.
2. Are the deductions being claimed for an incomeproducing asset? For instance, if you make a repair to an oven while living in the property, then move out two months later, you can’t claim that as a repair!
3. Are property investors claiming the correct building allowance and depreciation deductions? This is the most common area of concern, in my opinion, and some of the obvious mistakes I have seen include:
• claiming the building depreciation allowance based on the purchase price NOT the original construction cost
• incorrectly classifying items of plant and equipment when they should be part of the building cost
Be safe this financial year – get a quantity surveyor like Washington Brown to prepare your depreciation report and hand it to a qualified accountant.
Tyron Hyde is the CEO of Washington Brown and is considered one of Australia’s leading experts in property tax depreciation. He is also a registered tax agent. Washington Brown manages construction costs worth over $2 billion and completes 10,000 schedules annually. For a depreciation schedule quote CLICK HERE and follow the 3 simple steps or estimate your depreciation cost.
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