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Frequently Asked Questions – Rental Property Tax Deductions

By Tayla Truman, Senior Property Manager - West End.

Published on July 2, 2024. Last updated on July 2, 2024

Tayla Truman,
Senior Property Manager - West End at Image Property.

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Frequently Asked Questions – Rental Property Tax Deductions

Understanding the intricacies of rental property tax deductions can help you maximise your financial returns as a landlord.

Here, we address some common questions to guide you through the process.


What are the three main categories of rental property expenses for tax purposes?

Rental expenses are classified into three categories for tax purposes:

Immediately Deductible Expenses: These can be claimed in the same year they are incurred.
Expenses Claimable Over Time: These are deducted gradually over several years.
Non-Deductible Expenses: These cannot be claimed at all.

Correctly categorising your expenses ensures you maximise your tax benefits.


When can you claim a deduction for rental property expenses?

You can claim deductions for expenses incurred when your property is rented out or available for rent. However, expenses related to personal use of the property or holding costs without rental intent are not deductible.


What expenses can you claim an immediate deduction for in the year you incur them?

You can immediately deduct many expenses in the year they are incurred, such as:

– Advertising for tenants
– Bank fees
– Cleaning costs
– Council rates
– Gardening services
– Insurance premiums
– Loan interest
– Legal fees


What expenses may you be able to claim over several years?

Some expenses must be claimed over multiple years, including:

– Borrowing expenses
– Depreciation on buildings and appliances
– Renovation costs

These expenses add value to the property over time and are deducted accordingly.


What expenses can’t you claim for your rental property?

Certain expenses are non-deductible, including:

– Bills paid by tenants (e.g., electricity)
– Personal expenses unrelated to the rental property
– Acquisition costs like stamp duty
– Some vacant land holding costs

Understanding what cannot be claimed prevents errors in your tax return.


How can you maximise your rental property tax deductions?

To maximise your tax deductions, consider these strategies:

Claim all eligible expenses, including land tax
Maintain detailed records of all expenses
Obtain a depreciation report to identify all depreciable assets
Prepay expenses to bring deductions forward
Utilise negative gearing to offset rental losses against other income
Accurately allocate expenses for properties with personal use


What income do you need to report from your rental property in your tax return?

Landlords must report all income received from rental properties, including:

– Rent payments
– Booking fees
– Tenant reimbursements
– Insurance payouts

This income is then balanced against your expenses to determine net rental income or loss.


How do you calculate and report rental income and expenses if you co-own a property?

For co-owned properties, divide income and expenses based on each owner’s share. Each owner should report their portion in their tax return, ensuring accurate claims for deductions. Capital gains or losses from selling the property are also shared and reported similarly.


If you have further questions around rental property tax deductions, get in touch today and we will be happy to assist.

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