Claiming depreciation on an investment property can make a significant difference to a property investor’s cash flow.
As a building gets older, items wear out – they depreciate. The Australian Tax Office (ATO) allows property investors to claim this depreciation as a deduction. Depreciation can be claimed by any property investor who obtains income from their property.
To ensure their investor clients receive maximum depreciation deductions, Property Managers should recommend that they get a specialist Quantity Surveyor to prepare a tax depreciation schedule for their investment property.
A tax depreciation schedule outlines all the depreciation deductions an investor is entitled to, which they can claim in their annual income tax return.
A residential property investor can on average claim between $5,000 and $10,000 in depreciation deductions in the first full financial year alone.
Recommending a specialist Quantity Surveyor to clients also benefits the Property Manager and can offer a competitive advantage. Making clients aware of the benefits of depreciation is seen as a value added service, as it creates more wealth for investors.
Providing such service and expert knowledge can lead to increased customer loyalty in the long term.
And by saving investors money, depreciation can possibly increase clients’ portfolios, eventually bringing more business to the Property Manager’s office.
Article provided by BMT Tax Depreciation.
Bradley Beer (B. Con. Mgt, AAIQS, MRICS, AVAA) is the Chief Executive Officer of BMT Tax Depreciation. Please contact 1300 728 726 or visit www.bmtqs.com.au for an Australia-wide service.