Investment property owners often miss out on thousands of dollars due to two main reasons:
- They don’t know what depreciation entitlements they can claim for renovations or refurbishments to their investment property
- They don’t use a qualified Quantity Surveyor to prepare a tax depreciation schedule
Follow the steps below to ensure your tax depreciation schedule is right the first time around.
Scrapping refers to the removal and disposal of any potentially depreciable asset from an investment property. When worn or old assets (like carpet and hot water systems) are replaced and scrapped, the owner of the property may be entitled to claim the remaining depreciable value for the items being removed as a tax deduction in that financial year.
Get a “before renovation” tax depreciation schedule
Arranging a tax depreciation schedule before completing renovations will save you time and money when making a claim. In case of an audit by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), a valuation of all items in a property, as well as adequate photographic records is required.
Get an “after renovation” tax depreciation schedule
A second schedule is prepared after completion of the renovation, identifying the value of all new plant and equipment and capital expenditure within the property. The adjustments will be made to your tax depreciation schedule for a small adjustment fee and should not cost you as much as the initial tax depreciation schedule. The new schedule will outline all the depreciation claims available for the life of the property (forty years).
Only deal with a credible provider of tax depreciation schedules
Scrapping is a complicated process that requires the expertise of a specialist Quantity Surveyor in conjunction with an Accountant. By requesting a tax depreciation schedule you know you’re not going to miss out on anything and your Accountant will love you for it.
To find out more about property depreciation, visit the BMT Tax Depreciation property investor page here or contact one of our staff for obligation free advice on 1300 728 726.
Article Provided by BMT Tax Depreciation.
Bradley Beer (B. Con. Mgt, AAIQS, MRICS) is the Managing Director of BMT Tax Depreciation. Please contact 1300 728 726 or visit www.bmtqs.com.au/ for an Australia wide service.