End of Year Tax Planning

This article contains commentary on many of the items you may encounter as part of your end of financial year deliberations.

Property Investments


  • Interest On Investment Loans – taxpayers who have borrowed money for a non-business investment (e.g. rental property) can check with their lenders to see if they can prepay interest prior to 30th June 2018.
  • Building Allowance – the construction costs of income producing buildings may be written off at 2.5% or 4%, depending on the date of construction. Please contact us if you require additional details.
  • General expenses can include real estate agents fees; building allowance (can be written off at 2.5% or 4% depending on date of construction); depreciation of fixtures, fittings, plant and equipment; share of depreciation of common property in a strata titled property; repairs and maintenance; pest control; interest on monies borrowed for investment in the property; bank charges on the property bank account; cleaning; electricity; rates; land tax; insurance.
  • Negative Gearing – the net loss, which may include interest, borrowing costs, etc., may be deductible.

 Income Issues

  • Income Splitting – income splitting can be highly tax effective, especially if investments have been placed in the name of a lower income earner. This can be applicable where a spouse is not working and the income in the spouse’s hands would therefore be taxed at a lower rate.
  • All income from a rental property should be declared.

This article does not include any of the items contained in the Australian government’s Budget for 2018/19 as the Budget has not yet been approved by Parliament.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss any items with us.


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