8 Tips for Property Investors to Maximise Their Tax Returns
There are a number of benefits associated with owning an investment property and it really pays to know exactly what you’re entitled to claim. Here are eight useful tips to help you get the most out of your property investment at tax time.
1. Get the facts
To properly manage your investment, you need access to regular, detailed and accurate information, particularly during the leasing process. Your property manager should be able to supply you with concise reports on how your property is performing along with annual income and expenditure statements and monthly rental statements. Having all this information at your fingertips come tax time will allow you to accurately calculate the extent of your entitlements.
Quick Guide to the ATO’s One Stop Property Webpage
The Australian Tax Office (‘ATO’) recently launched a one stop property webpage specifically designed for home owners and investment property owners. The site covers a rate of tax issues. It is an excellent resource for beginners and experienced investors alike who are seeking to refresh their knowledge of key property tax issues.
The introductory section sets out the key issues for home owners and investors, with an overview section that covers different types of properties, uses, and investment or development activities.
For example, the ‘Your home’ section consists of the tax issues at each step from saving for your first home; buying and selling your home; buying a second property; to renting, building, or renovating your home. This section also contains an overview of home offices.