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Building more value, depreciation and new houses

Building more value, depreciation and new housesChoosing to build a brand new home rather than buy an existing property provides a number of benefits for potential investors.

Generally these types of properties will be built in a developing suburb close in proximity to schools, transport and local services. Surrounded by other new homes, a new house is likely to have street appeal that will attract potential tenants and as a result provide excellent weekly rental returns for the property owner.

One benefit that often goes unconsidered by potential investors when investing in property however is the depreciation benefits available.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of BMT Tax Depreciation, Bradley Beer, research suggests that 80% of investors don’t maximise the depreciation deductions available from their properties.

Considered a non-cash deduction, investors don’t need to spend any money to be able to claim depreciation from their property. It is a deduction available for any wear and tear which occurs to the building structure and the plant and equipment assets contained in the property over time.

Depreciation relating to the building structure is claimed as a capital works deduction. Examples of items which can be claimed as capital works deductions include the walls, windows, doors and the roof of the property. Capital works deductions can be claimed at a rate of 2.5 per cent per year over forty years for properties in which construction commenced after the 15th of September 1987.

Plant and equipment depreciation on the other hand relates to the assets which can be easily removed from the property such as carpets, blinds, ovens, dishwashers, garbage bins and even shower curtains. These items depreciate based on an individual effective life as provided in legislation from the Australian Taxation Office.

While the owner of any income producing property is eligible to claim depreciation, those considering building a brand new property for investment purposes will usually receive higher depreciation deductions. There are two main reasons for this:

  • The owner of a brand new property will be eligible to claim the full deduction for the entire cost of the building structure over forty years. Owners of properties which are not brand new can only claim the remaining years available.
  • New houses usually contain plant and equipment assets which are higher in value. This increases the depreciation deductions which will be available for the owner.

Let’s take a look at some of the depreciation deductions the owner of a freshly built brand new house can expect to claim over the first five years of ownership.

depreciation deductions the owner of a freshly built brand new house

As the table shows, the owner of a newly built house can claim between $8,300 and $10,700 in depreciation deductions in the first full financial year alone. Over five years, this cumulates to between $32,500 and $42,800 in deductions the owner can claim as a tax deduction.

Based on a tax rate of 37 per cent, investors will receive an average annual cash return of between $2,405 and $3,167 from a newly built house depending on its size and the assets contained.

Those considering building a brand new house for the purposes of an investment are recommended to seek advice from a specialist Quantity Surveyor prior to purchase.

A Quantity Surveyor, such as BMT Tax Depreciation, can provide a detailed depreciation estimate outlining the deductions that will be available once the property is property is constructed and available for rent. This estimate can help investors to crunch the numbers to get a more accurate picture of their after tax scenario to help them with their investment decision.

Once a property has been built, in order to claim depreciation a Quantity Surveyor should complete a tax depreciation schedule outlining all of the deductions available for the owner. This schedule can then be used by the property owner’s Accountant to process their claim when they complete their annual income tax assessment.

For a detailed estimate of the depreciation deductions available for any property, contact BMT Tax Depreciation on 1300 728 726 to speak with one of their expert staff or visit click here to request a quote.

Article provided by BMT Tax Depreciation.

Bradley Beer (B. Con. Mgt, AAIQS, MRICS) is the Chief Executive Officer of BMT Tax Depreciation.
Please contact 1300 728 726 or visit www.bmtqs.com.au for an Australia-wide service.

Add value and increase deductions with an alfresco area

Image result for alfrescoClaim depreciation on outdoor structures and save

Australia is made for outdoor living, so it is little wonder that alfresco areas have become sought after additions in any property.

Owners see great value in adding permanent weatherproof structures to an investment property. Creating an indoor-outdoor environment which can be enjoyed all year round not only adds value to the existing property, but it can also help to attract potential tenants and potentially increase the annual rental yield.

What many investors don’t realise is that by adding an alfresco or an outdoor structure of any kind, they will also impact the depreciation deductions they can claim.

Any structures added to an investment property will entitle the owner to claim additional capital works deductions, also known as building write-off, at a rate of 2.5% per year.

If the owner installs any new plant and equipment items, including removable or mechanical assets, this will also entitle the owner to claim depreciation deductions for these items. The deductions an owner can claim for any new plant and equipment items will be based on the individual effective life of each item as set by the Australian Taxation Office.

Let’s take a look at a scenario in which an investor decided to add a seven metre by four metre outdoor alfresco to their existing four bedroom investment property. The structural work on the alfresco cost $15,010. The owner also chose to install plant and equipment assets totalling $9,217 in value, bringing the total cost of work done to the property to $24,227.

Below is a summary of the costs of the new additions and the first full year depreciation deductions the owner could claim.

al fresco depreciation items

As the table shows, the owner of this property could claim $375 in capital works in the first full financial year deductions for structural items such as the concrete slab, walls, tiles, roof and lattice screening. The owner of the property would also be entitled to claim capital works for the remaining life of the property (forty years) for new structural items.

Plant and equipment assets installed such as an outdoor ceiling fan, outdoor furniture, a freestanding BBQ, light shades and garden solar lights resulted in a $3,831 deduction in the first full financial year for the property owner. This brought the total depreciation deduction of new items installed to $4,206 for the owner. These deductions would be in addition to any remaining depreciation deductions the owner could claim from the pre-existing property.

It is important to note, that if the property owner was to remove any existing structures or assets during the process of adding the alfresco area, they may also be entitled to additional deductions. If any remaining depreciation deductions exist for items or assets being removed during a renovation or addition, the property owner may be entitled to claim a deduction for the full amount of the remaining depreciation for items scrapped within the financial year of their removal.

Property owners should always seek the advice of a specialist Quantity Surveyor when they plan to make any alterations to their rental property. If the owner has an existing depreciation schedule, the owner will need to have it updated, and if assets or structures are being removed, the Quantity Surveyor should perform a site inspection before and after work commences to ascertain the remaining depreciation of items being removed and value new structures and items added to update the depreciation schedule for the owner.

Article provided by BMT Tax Depreciation.
Bradley Beer (B. Con. Mgt, AAIQS, MRICS) is the Chief Executive Officer of BMT Tax Depreciation.
Please contact 1300 728 726 or visit www.bmtqs.com.au for an Australia-wide service.

Make your home work harder for you

turn_you_home_into_an_investmentTurning your residence into an investment

Many Australian’s own their primary place of residence, but an increasing number are making the swap from living in their property to using it as an investment for their future.

There are a number of key factors that should be addressed to gain the maximum benefit from renting out your home. Investing in a tax depreciation schedule from a specialist Quantity Surveyor such as BMT Tax Depreciation will maximise cash returns on the property once it begins to generate income.

Your tax situation will be transformed

When an owner decides to turn their primary place of residence into an income producing property, their tax situation will change.

  • Expenses in holding the property will become tax deductible
  • If an owner has only rented their property for part of the year, deductions for this portion the year can still be claimed
  • If any improvements are made while the property is being rented, these may also entitle the owner to depreciation deductions

Common misconceptions

While it is true that newer properties may receive higher deductions, all investment properties will earn depreciation deductions for the property owner.

  • When a property is not brand new, owners will still be able to claim depreciation on the structural component for the remaining time within the forty year effective life period
  • Investors who own properties that are built before 15th of September 1987 can still claim depreciation on the fixtures and fittings within the property and include any recent renovations, even if the renovation was carried out by a previous owner

Capital gains implications

  • When a home becomes an investment property a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) event may be triggered if the property is sold
  • There are various situations were properties will attract a CGT exemption. It is best to discuss your CGT situation with an Accountant as each individual scenario is different

Consult with an expert

If you are thinking of making your home an investment property, visit the BMT Tax Depreciation property investor’s page on their website for more information by clicking here. Alternatively, you can speak with one of their expert staff on 1300 728 726 for obligation free advice today.

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.

Maximise Depreciation, Claim the Assets within your Investment Property

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Often property investors rent out their property fully furnished. Depreciating furniture can add thousands of dollars to the owners depreciation claim.

The table provides an example of the difference that claiming depreciation on a $16,000 furniture package could make to an investor who purchased a two bedroom two bathroom unit:

It is important that a specialist Quantity Surveyor prepares a tax depreciation schedule for an investment property before the owner lodges their tax return.

A Quantity Surveyor will carry out an inspection on the property to identify more plant and equipment items and apply depreciation legislation to maximise depreciation deductions for the owner.

BMT Tax Depreciation is the Accountants preferred supplier of tax depreciation reports. They complete reports for over 10,000 Accountant referrals each year, with reports showing an average of $5,000 to $10,000 as a first full year deduction.

BMT Tax Depreciation also guarantee to double their fee worth in deductions in the first full financial year or they will not charge for their services.

Investors who would like a free over the phone assessment of available deductions they can claim should contact BMT Tax Depreciation on 1300 728 726.

Five depreciation points every investor should know

BMTAny owner of an income producing investment property is eligible for significant taxation benefits.

Despite this fact, according to the Managing Director of BMT Tax Depreciation, Bradley Beer, 80% of property investors are failing to take advantage of property depreciation and are therefore missing out on thousands of dollars in their pockets.

“Property investors often assume they are ineligible or that it is not worthwhile to claim depreciation because they believe their property is too old or they have not owned the property long enough. The reality is, it is worthwhile making a claim on any property,” said Bradley.

Requesting a tax deprecation schedule which outlines what claims are available for a property owner can make a significant difference. For many investors, depreciation can be the difference between a property which has a negative cash flow and turning the property into a positively geared asset.

“On average, most investors can claim between $5,000 and $10,000 in deductions in the first full year for any residential investment property,” says Bradley.

This is no small amount, so for any investors wondering what property depreciation is, why to claim it, and how to go about making a claim, the following points will answer some of the most common questions asked by property investors.

1.    What is depreciation?

Depreciation is a non cash deduction the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows the owner or owners of an investment property to claim a deduction due to the wear and tear of a building structure (capital works deduction) and its fixtures (plant and equipment depreciation) over time. Depreciation is described as a non cash deduction, meaning the investor does not need to spend any money to be able to claim it.

2.    No property is too old

An investment property does not need to be new to be able to claim depreciation. Though ATO legislation states that owners cannot claim capital works deductions for any residential property in which construction commenced prior to the 15th of September 1987, there are no date restrictions for a claim for the depreciation of plant and equipment assets contained within the property. On average, 15% of the total construction cost of a residential property is made up of plant and equipment, so it is always worth making an enquiry.

If a property owner has not been claiming depreciation or maximising their deductions, the previous two years tax returns can also be adjusted and amended.

3.    Deductions are available for forty years

The ATO has determined that any building eligible to claim the building write-off allowance has a maximum effective life of forty years. Therefore, investors can generally claim up to forty years depreciation on a brand new building, whereas the balance of the forty year period from the construction date is claimable on an older property.

4.    Claim depreciation for renovations

When renovation work has been completed to a property or is in the planning stages, it is essential to contact a specialist Quantity Surveyor and request a site inspection of the property. Additional deductions may be available for any capital improvements done to a property.

Often when renovations have been completed by a previous owner of the property, the additions may not be obvious. A site inspection of the property will allow a Quantity Surveyor to discover any work that has been completed, including non visible assets like plumbing, water proofing and electrical wiring. The Quantity Surveyor will then estimate the deductions available from any assets or structural additions that have been made within the qualifying dates and calculate the depreciation accordingly.

If an owner is planning on doing any renovation work to their property, an inspection should be performed both before and after the renovation work is complete. The owner may be entitled to claim additional deductions for any remaining depreciable value of assets or structures removed from the property and written off in the year the items are removed.

5.    Use a qualified professional

Quantity Surveyors are qualified under the tax ruling 97/25 to estimate construction costs for depreciation purposes and are one of a few select professionals who specialise in providing depreciation schedules. They are affiliated with industry regulating bodies and gain access to the latest information and resources through their accreditations.

BMT Tax Depreciation is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS), The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and The Auctioneers & Valuers Association of Australia (AVAA).

Property owners can contact one of BMT Tax Depreciation’s staff on 1300 728 726 who will assist with any queries.