When building a property investment portfolio, cash flow will play an integral role in holding onto each and every investment. Depreciation can assist with the overall cash flow if a well-selected property investment is secured and everything is in place to maximise tax benefits.
Depreciation can seem like a complex concept and always seems to be under scrutiny by the government. In recent times federal budget policy changes have been put in place regarding which deductions can be claimed. This may have an impact on your current portfolio or influence your decision when securing your next investment property so these changes are well worth understanding!
As investors we need to take note of policy changes to ensure we know exactly what can and cannot be claimed for our investment properties. Education is key and to gain a thorough understanding it is best to go straight to the source. Here is a link to the terms set out by the ATO:
Residential rental properties | Australian Taxation Office
It is also worthwhile having an accountant take a good look at your personal situation come tax time. Getting a depreciation report from a quantity surveyor is one key to assisting your accountant in maximizing the claims for each and every investment property. Working with a professional here can save plenty of dollars and heart-ache so do this right.
We discuss this topic and some of the changes recently put in place by the ATO in more detail in our recent Coffee & Property episode 4 which you can view HERE!
In this week’s episode of Coffee & Property we will also discuss “Could Brisbane Take Over As The Best Performing Capital City Housing Market In 5 Years?”