“A Tax Depreciation Schedule could boost your return by up to $15,000 in one financial year.”
National Director – Advisory, State Government & Projects
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A Tax Depreciation Schedule allows owners of income-producing properties to claim depreciation allowances. This enables owners to account for the ageing and depreciation of a building and its assets. Deductions can be claimed for building items such as foundations, walls, roofs and fixed items like doors and windows. All deductions are based on property type, age, and historical construction costs.
At Acumentis, our Quantity Surveying team are trained and qualified to undertake inspections and supply detailed reports. On top of this, each individual is fully compliant with the Australian Taxation Office and government legislation. Partnering with the experts at Acumentis means:
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows investment property owners to claim a tax deduction on the fair wear and tear on an investment property and it's fittings. Tax depreciation is essentially a non-cash deduction. You don’t necessarily have to directly incur the expense to be able to claim the deduction, you can inherit deductions upon acquisition of the property (different rules apply for residential properties purchased post 9 May 2017). Tax depreciation is split into two categories; Division 43 Capital Works Allowances (the building itself) and Division 40 Plant and Equipment (eg. carpets, blinds, A/C, ceiling fans etc.)
Depreciation tax deductions are available to residential property investors whose investment property was built after 15 September 1987, commercial properties when built after 20 July 1982 and any refurbishments/renovations/improvements from 27 February 1992. Owners do not have to know when these works were undertaken -- this is researched by the tax depreciation provider. Depreciation on plant and equipment is also available on all new buildings and all existing properties when purchased prior to 10 May 2017. In summary, 99.9% of investment properties will be entitled to some form of depreciation deduction.
Yes, the structure of an investment property has an effective life of 40 years and tax depreciation can be claimed on an investment property which was built post September 1987. Another tip which could save investors thousands is that their Accountant can help claim tax depreciation retrospectively, amending up to the past two financial year tax returns making the most of depreciation deductions which may have been lost through not claiming. Completely legitimate and the ATO actually encourages people to do this.
Quantity Surveyors are recognised by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as the most suitably qualified professional to estimate the depreciable expenditure spent on the property prior to its purchase, as well as the value of the fittings and equipment within the property. In accordance with ATO Tax Ruling 97/25, if a residential investment property, for example, was constructed after September 1987 and/or construction costs are unknown, a registered and qualified Quantity Surveyor must be engaged to produce a depreciation schedule. Unfortunately, an Accountant cannot do this for investors.
Yes, and this is where Quantity Surveyor’s can add serious value. It does not matter if the works were undertaken by a previous owner. When an investment property is purchased the investor has also purchased the entitlement to claim depreciation on all of the property’s improvements.
Most houses 10+ years old will have had works done. The most typical being:
On a 10-30 year old property there is $65,000 right there which could be detailed in a tax depreciation schedule.
If a client is about to renovate an investment property it may be worth recommending a pre-renovation inspection. This inspection allows a Quantity Surveyor to identify what assets or capital works are going to be demolished or thrown out. Value can be assigned to these assets and they can be written off as an immediate tax deduction. A pre-renovation inspection and ‘scrapping report’ can save thousands which can offset the loss made through the renovation period.