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Tax Q&A: Your Tax Questions on Depreciation Schedule and Tax Return Claims, Answered

Q: I have just bought an investment property, which I plan to renovate in about six months’ time. It was leased when I bought it, and the lease runs out in October, so I plan to renovate it when my tenant moves out.

I’m not sure whether I should get a depreciation schedule done now so I can make a claim on my tax return this year, or wait until I’ve completed the renovation(and will therefore have a much better depreciation schedule)?

It seems like I will miss out on tax deductions this year, but I don’t want to spend the money on getting two depreciation reports. Which would be the best course of action?
- Thanks, Wayne

A: There are a few different things to consider here, starting with your initial acquisition.

As the property is income-producing, then you are able to claim allowances, as you point out. To get the benefits available to you, you should prepare an initial schedule that details all
the deductible items as at the time of settlement.

Deductions would be for depreciable plant under Division 40 and for structural items under Division 43, which will only apply if the building is young enough. You can then claim these allowances from settlement up until the point when either the property is no longer earning income or you decide to commence the renovation.

Having this initial schedule will provide you with the base document for your deductions going forward and also the base document to alter after you have completed the renovations. Continue reading

Depreciation dilemma : Is it better to buy new or old properties?

Paul Mazoletti croppedWhen considering depreciation, which will gain the greatest benefit from capital allowances: new or old properties? That is the ongoing question – one that Paul Mazoletti from Napier & Blakeley aims to answer once and for all.  Paul Mazoletti is a director at Napier & Blakeley, the first provider of depreciation schedules in the Australian market (since 1985).

Depreciation (capital allowances) can be a valuable tax deduction for any property investor and a great way to reduce your taxable income. However, the question of old versus new does come up a lot in discussions with investors.  So, who is right and who is wrong?   With effect from 9 May 2017, if you are focusing on capital allowances deductions, new property is the better way to go.  We could also suggest that neither is the ‘best’ way, as there are advantages to both.  However, if legislation is passed soon, the proposed changes will certainly lean you towards buying new.

The benefit of newer properties

The main benefit of buying a new investment property is that this will provide a higher total base tax deduction entitlement, when considering the combined value of fixtures and fittings the building structure’s value.  Deductions through the depreciation of fixtures and fittings under Division 40 may now only be available on any new investment property asset acquisition made after 9 May 2017.  Deductions through the depreciation of the building structure under Division 43 are also available on both new and older assets; we’ll explore this further later in the article.  The ATO introduced capital allowances in 1985 for the residential sector, coincidentally at the same time as Napier & Blakeley opened its first office in Australia and launched its capital allowances business. Continue reading

Technical Due Diligence and ESG

Capture 2Napier & Blakeley’s expertise in asset and development advisory provides an integrated approach to achieve the best results for sustainable property outcomes.

Our quantity surveyors, building consultants and engineers can plan and price works associated with improving the ESG performance of a building.

Sustainable investments achieve long-term financial growth where risks and opportunities are identified and managed through environmental, social and corporate governance or ESG.

Technical Due Diligence is a perfect tool to facilitate good property transactions, to initiate asset management and   to achieve investment goals.

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Tax time is coming – Are you paying too much tax ?

Do you own or have you bought an investment property in the past financial year?

Or…  have you recently refurbished, altered or extended your investment property in the past financial year?Tax time

Or…  do you own an investment property but have never claimed depreciation in the past?

Or… own any property including commercial, retail, industrial, residential, pubs, clubs, sporting – we are experts in them all.

If your answer is yes to any of these questions then you may very well be paying too much tax on your income if you don’t claim your depreciation deductions.

Property tax allowances (commonly known as depreciation) provide an opportunity for owners of income producing property to reduce their taxable income, thus reducing the tax payable.   Continue reading

Tax Q&A: Questions on Unclaimed Depreciation on Property, Answered.

Q: I own a three-bedroom townhouse that I bought three years ago for $434,000.

I never bothered getting a depreciation schedule as the place was 17 years old, and I was always under the impression that depreciation was only for new homes. However, I recently read in this magazine that older homes can attract good depreciation benefi ts as well.

What kind of depreciation schedule would I be able to get on this type of property, and can I go back and make claims on my previous tax returns? It’s a two-storey townhouse, with three bedrooms, and there is airconditioning in the main areas and living room, with a pool in the complex.
Thanks, Drew.

A: Property tax depreciation allowances or ‘capital allowances’ are calculated based upon two different sections of income tax legislation and consider two different aspects of your asset. The two main areas to property tax deductions are: Plant & Equipment; and the Capital Works deductions.

Plant & Equipment (also known as Division 40) are items that are usually fixtures and fi ttings, which can be easily removed from the property, as opposed to items that are permanently fixed to the structure of the building.

Plant and equipment items include, but are not limited to: hot water systems, carpets, blinds, ovens, cooktops, range hoods, freestanding furniture, air-conditioning systems, BBQs, heaters and flooring (floating floor boards).

“If you have not claimed depreciation on your property in the past, it is possible to amend previous tax returns – to a point” Continue reading

Property Council Australia NSW Capital Markets

Yesterday marked the first of 3 of the 2017 PCA NSW Capital Markets breakfast seminars. Capital Markets 1

Napier & Blakeley have been the main sponsor of these breakfast seminars since 2008 and the 2017 series got off to a flying start with around 150 in attendance in the ballroom at The Establishment.

The series was introduced by Alexandra Gray from Mirvac and Peter Osborn from Napier & Blakeley and the topic of the day was “Australian Capital Market Flows – Both Sides of the Ledger” and the panel speakers were:

  • Neil Brookes, Knight Frank
  • Tim Church, UBS
  • Alexandra Crossing, CBRE Global Investment
  • Jason Todd, MacquarieCapital Markets 2

And the moderator was Ticky Fullerton from Sky Business News.


Budget 2017 Depreciation Deductions

House roofsIn the Federal Budget on 9th May, depreciation allowances forming part of an investors income tax deductions for second hand residential investment properties were effectively killed off.

This will apply to the purchase of any second hand properties where the contract to buy is entered into after 7.30pm on 9th May 2017.

Contracts entered into prior to this date will be grandfathered and deductions will still be able to be claimed.

What this means is not entirely clear yet.

Will this mean, for example, that items previously considered to be plant and equipment and therefore deductible under Division 40 of the ITAA could now simply form part of the building and therefore become deductible as part of the building and included under Division 43 Capital Works deductions? Continue reading

Major change to the Commercial Building Disclosure Program is fast approaching on 1st July 2017

shutterstocMelbourne - Australia. 03.08.12Following the announcement made by the Australian Government last year, the mandatory disclosure threshold on commercial office buildings will reduce from 2000 square metres to 1000 square metres starting the 1st July 2017.

From 1st July 2017, this expansion of the CBD program will require most sellers and lessors of office space of 1000 square metres or more to obtain a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) before the building goes on the market for sale, lease or sublease.

BEECs include a Part 1 – the building’s National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Energy for offices star rating which is valid for 1 year, and a Part 2 – Tenancy Lighting Assessment (TLA) of the relevant area of the building which is now valid for 5 years (since September 2016).
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Developing Property to be Operations Ready

ready to goThe origins of ‘Operations Ready’ go back in time and relate to the military being ready to engage.

Property companies are turning to military like tactics to ensure property developments achieve the best possible performance at completion – and are mission ready for operations.

Whether property companies develop their own property or portfolios, procure by contracting or through  property acquisitions, they tell us of the challenges of navigating handover – through transition from construction to ‘taking ownership’ of the property – and the ongoing management requirements. Continue reading

Capital allowances: draft effective lives of assets used in the wool scouring industry

Happy New Year 2017 and we are off and at again, as to the ATO.  The below is an update the ATO reviewed over Xmas for all our clients in the Wool Industry. These new effective lives will be introduced in July 2017.

If you have any concerns on your properties and have bought, built or demolished in the last 12 months, you may not be maximising the capital allowances deductions with the latest rates.

Please do not hesitate to give us a call and good luck for the year ahead.

They are seeking your comments on the draft list of effective lives we are releasing for assets used in the wool scouring industry.
Comments are open until 24 February 2017. Continue reading