A Property Investor’s Guide To Depreciation

by | How to Invest in Real Estate, Property Investment

Every smart property investor knows that to create and maintain a portfolio, we need to have good cash flow. One of the ways we can support this is by using depreciation and tax. 

But, just like equity, depreciation only works for us if we know how to access and then leverage it.

Like all things tax, depreciation can be a tricky concept to grasp. But, once you get your head around it, depreciation can make a significant impact on the quality of your cash flow.

WHAT IS DEPRECIATION?

In terms of property investment, when we talk about depreciation, we are talking about a reduction in the value of an asset ie how much it is worth now, vs what it was worth when you bought it.

For investors depreciation does not simply account for a reduction in property value, but can also be used against fixtures, fittings, furniture and other items pertaining to the property.

WHY IS DEPRECIATION IMPORTANT FOR PROPERTY INVESTORS?

While adding up how much you’ve “lost” in value of an asset sounds like a bad thing, when it comes to depreciation, it’s the opposite.

The markdown of assets does not mean you have lost that amount of cash, or that the item is less useful. Simply put, it is that the item is simply valued as less on paper.

An example might be a carpet that was worth, on paper, $3000, and 12 months later it’s now worth $2500. That’s a negative loss of $500 on paper, which you can claim in tax

WHAT CAN INVESTORS CLAIM DEPRECIATION TAX ON?

  • Structural buildings
  • Any items permanently fixed to the property
  • Equipment including ovens, dishwashers, etc
  • Fittings including blinds, carpets, ceiling fans etc

…and thousands of more items!

WHEN TO CLAIM DEPRECIATION TAX?

If you are paying tax in small, regular increments, you should also be claiming your deductions as you go via a PAYG variation.

Why wait a whole year to claim cash that belongs to you, when you can claim at regular times and use that cash to bump up your cash flow?

Any good accountant should be able to find out if you are eligible for this and set it up for you. Or talk to the experts at Positive Real Estate who can walk you through the process.

 

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