Depreciation – the tax deduction lots of property investors forget to claim
Depreciation – the tax deduction lots of property investors forget to claim.
There are lots of property related tax deductions that all investors claim: council rates, water rates, property management fees, repairs. But depreciation is one that many people don’t even know about.
Think of it as compensation for wear and tear. Buildings suffer wear and tear, and so do their contents. If you are renting out a property, you can claim this as a tax deduction.
To claim depreciation, you need a Quantity Surveyor to put together a document called a Depreciation Schedule. It sets out how much you can claim every year as a deduction.
Depending on when your property was built, the Quantity Surveyor will estimate the construction cost at the time it was built and they will put a value on the Assets: appliances, carpet, air con etc.
You can even claim depreciation on renovations done by a previous owner.
On a recently built property, the tax deduction for depreciation can easily be around $8,000 per year, so in many case it could be an investor’s biggest property related tax deduction – what a pity that so many people forget to claim it.
There is a company that we know and trust called Depreciator. They have done tens of thousands of Depreciation Schedules and will be able to tell you over the phone how much depreciation might be in your property and how much their 100% tax deductible fee will be.
You can call them on 1300 660033, or send an enquiry by clicking on the link below: