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Travelling to and from your investment property From 1 July 2017, new rules came into effect that prevent taxpayers claiming a deduction for expenses they incur travelling to and from their residential investment property. The Government restricted travel deductions to curb “widespread abuse around excessive travel expense claims relating to residential investment properties….This will stop…

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Other tax and renovation issues

The main residence exemption is not the only issue that comes up with property flipping. Tax deductions for rental properties and renovating for profit inside a self-managed super fund (SMSF) are common topics: Can I claim a tax deduction for renovations on my investment property? It is not generally possible to claim an upfront deduction for…

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Latest black economy target

Why ‘property flipping’ is the next ATO target The tax law does not allow you to ‘flip’ a property tax-free even if you are living in it. Most people think that they can move into a property, renovate it, and then sell it without paying tax. The main residence exemption – the exemption that protects…

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Tax benefits for investing in affordable housing

In the 2017-18 Federal Budget the Government announced a series of measures intended to improve housing affordability in Australia.  To entice investors, the Government is providing an increase in the CGT discount for individuals who choose to invest in affordable housing. The draft legislation enabling this change has now been released so we can see the detail.…

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What did I miss? 1 July changes

1 July changes GST applies to digital products & services imported by consumers Small business $20k instant asset write-off extended until 30 June 2018 Company tax rate reduction to 27.5% for entities with an aggregated turnover of less than $25m (companies with a turnover of less than $10m have been subject to this tax rate…

17 commonly overlooked ATO tax deductions

To keep a healthy bottom line, businesses need to be smarter and sharper every financial year. It’s a good time to discuss ATO tax deductions – especially those deductions often missed. 1. Prepay expenses With tax deductions, every little bit counts. Prepaying your expenses can attract a tax deduction that is commonly overlooked. You can…

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Further restrictions on foreign property investors

We have seen a number of measures over the years restricting access to tax concessions for foreign investors, particularly for residential property investments. The recent Federal Budget goes one step further, restricting access to tax concessions, increasing taxes, and penalising investors who leave property vacant. Measures include: Charge for leaving properties vacant Foreign owners of…

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Investment property: Pre and post 30 June

Anyone with investment property in Australia is probably feeling a little edgy with all the recent media attention on deductions, affordable housing, and negative gearing. We take a look at some of the key tax issues for investors pre and post 30 June: No more deductions for travelling to and from your investment property The…