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Factors that can help property investors reduce their tax bill

Published 11 Aug 2023 | Updated September 26th, 2023 3 min read by Property Ducks
Tax time is a time for many property investors to dread. The thought of having to gather all the paperwork and figure out how to minimize your tax bill can be daunting. But it doesn't have to be. With planning and effort, you can save yourself a lot of money on your taxes.
Here are a few factors you can use to minimise any potential tax liabilities and maximize your wealth creation potential as a property investor in Australia:
Depreciation deductions One of the most important tax benefits available to property investors is depreciation deductions. For properties that have been established within the last 40 years, you can claim depreciation deductions on a wide range of assets, including the building, fixtures, and fittings. Usually, it is recommendable to request a deprecation schedule to identify all depreciable assets within your property.
Negative gearing
Negative gearing occurs when the cost of owning an investment property is more than the income it generates. This can be a great way to reduce your taxable income, as you can offset your rental losses against other sources of income.
Capital gains tax (CGT) exemptions
There are a number of CGT exemptions available to property investors. For example, you may be able to claim the main residence exemption if you live in the property for more than 12 months. You may also be eligible for a 50% discount on the CGT payable when you sell a property that you have held for more than 12 months.
Keeping thorough records
It's important to keep thorough records of all your income and expenses related to your investment properties. This will help you substantiate your claims for depreciation deductions and negative gearing, and it will also help you calculate your CGT liability when you sell a property. Download here the Rental Property Checklist created by Brandi & Co accountants.
Property as a wealth creation asset
Property can serve as a valuable asset for wealth creation, offering benefits beyond tax advantages. As history has shown, it may provide opportunities to generate rental income and positive cash flow, potential long-term capital growth, and diversify your asset portfolio.
Consulting a tax professional
Please note that every individual's financial situation is different. It is recommended to consult with a qualified tax professional to develop a tailored strategy/structure based on your specific circumstances.
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By following these tips, you can minimize your tax liability and maximize your wealth creation potential as a property investor. However, it's important to remember that every individual's financial situation is different. It's always best to consult with a qualified tax professional to discuss your specific circumstances.
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