The depreciation deductions that often go unclaimed
Wednesday 9 November 2016
Depreciation continues to be one of the most common deductions missed as research suggests that just 20 per cent of property investors maximise the deductions they can claim.
On average, an income producing property owner can expect to claim between $5,000 and $10,000 in depreciation deductions in the first financial year alone. These deductions play a vital role in helping property investors improve their available cash flow and reduce the costs of holding a property.
With such high numbers failing to maximise depreciation, investors often ask what items are most often missed or are rarely claimed, to avoid missing out on deductions in the future.
Ceiling fans, door closers, garbage bins, smoke alarms and freestanding garden sheds are some of the assets commonly missed by property investors.
More obscure and less frequently found items that are rarely claimed includes closed circuit television systems (CCTV), intercom systems, garden watering systems and spa bath pumps.
While many of these items have a low depreciable value, the depreciation deductions for these items can add up to thousands of dollars for an investor.
To ensure that depreciation is maximised, it is recommended that investors seek advice and obtain a tax depreciation schedule from a specialist Quantity Surveyor. This will include a detailed site inspection of the property to photograph and note every depreciable asset found in the property.
The Quantity Surveyor will then use their expert knowledge of depreciation and utilise methods such as immediate write-offs and low-value pooling to maximise the deductions that can be claimed for the investment property owner.
All of the deductions a property investor is eligible to claim will be outlined in a comprehensive depreciation schedule which you can then provide to your accountant.
This article provided by the BMT Tax Depreciation.