EOFY Tax-Time Tips for Property Investors
It’s that time of the year again, TAX TIME! Whether you’re a new property investor getting ready to lodge your investment tax return for the very first time or a seasoned investor with experience, it is always handy to have a checklist to ensure you’re claiming the maximum tax benefits.
Here are some handy tips to help you get organised and claim all the deductions you’re entitled to:
Take your deductions seriously
Now is the time to make those small last minute repairs and deal with maintenance issues you’ve been putting off all year. Do them now so that you can claim the cost as a tax deduction in this financial year. That could make a significant impact on your cash flow.
Review your investment’s performance
How much rental income did you receive and how much did you spend on servicing the mortgage, including interest repayments, insurance and maintenance? Take stock and examine all your costs and decide on what you need, where you can make cuts or get a better deal.
Finish property inspections
Get your rental property visits done before June 30th so that you can claim back the cost in this tax year. You need to keep a log book recording your journeys and ensure that if combined with work or holiday trip, you make a note of the proportion of expenses that relates specifically to the rental property visit because that’s all you can claim.
Delay buying new appliances
Generally, appliances and equipment such as dishwashers and hot water systems depreciate over time, so if you buy an item in June, you will only be able to claim a fraction of what you have spent. If possible, put off any major purchase until early in the financial year.
Know what you can claim and maximise it
Make sure you know what you can claim back in relation to the investment property and keep your receipts and documents. Some of the expenses you may be able to claim include:
- Advertising for tenants
- Accountancy costs
- Cleaning costs and Council rates
- Gardening and Pest control
- Insurance (building, contents, public liability)
- Interest expenses
- Fixtures like carpets and lights
- Any improvement, such as a new room, garage or pergola
- Alterations – such as removing or adding an internal wall, adding a carport
Find a tax accountant that understands property
Missed deductions add up. Finding the right tax accountant who is up to date with the laws related to property investing can be invaluable for any property investor. Check their level of experience and expertise; they should take the time to explain all related claims and be happy to answer your questions.
Start planning for the next year
Use this year’s learnings to prepare and make the most of next year. Think about what you can do better in preparation for next year, including a better filing system for all your receipts and documents, detailed records of rental income and expenses.
Preparing for tax time can be daunting for anyone, but even more so for property investors. As a property investor, there’s so much more to consider when filing a return. We hope you find these tips helpful in understanding how to go about your tax return.
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