It’s important that property owners maximize the return from their investment property.
One of the most reliable sources of cash flow for any investment property is depreciation. Investors can ensure they maximize their depreciation deductions by getting a physical site inspection completed on the property.
What is depreciation and how does it boost cash flow?
Depreciation is the natural wear and tear of a building and its assets over time. Owners of income-producing property can claim depreciation as a tax deduction. Depreciation is classed as a non-cash deduction, so the investor doesn’t need to spend any money in order to claim it.
A specialist quantity surveyor will complete a tax depreciation schedule on any type of income-producing property. An accountant uses this schedule to determine the owner’s depreciation deductions each financial year. The tax depreciation schedule fee is 100 per cent tax deductible and lasts the lifetime of the property (forty years).
Like other tax deductions, depreciation is deducted from the investor’s pre-tax cash flow. Depreciation reduces their pre-tax income, meaning their tax liabilities are reduced and they pay less tax.
How can investors ensure they maximize depreciation deductions?
A tax depreciation schedule is the most important document needed when it comes to unlocking depreciation. Therefore, it’s important that investors obtain the most comprehensive tax depreciation schedule available. This will ensure they claim the maximum depreciation deductions, while maintaining Australian Tax Office (ATO) compliance.
A physical site inspection is key to maximizing deductions. During a site inspection, a specialist site inspector will measure the building, note down construction type and method, workmanship and materials used. They will identify any renovations completed by previous owners and note down all plant and equipment assets.
Depreciation is a complex process and every property is different. This is why it’s so important that a physical site inspection is undertaken by a specialist. Both the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the National Tax And Accountants’ Association support the requirement for site inspections. This is because if a site inspection is not completed, deductions are often missed, and costly errors are made.
Furthermore, in the event of an ATO audit, a site inspection is essential to substantiating any depreciation claim. In the current environment, BMT Tax Depreciation is taking every safety precaution possible during their site inspections, ensuring the safety of both the tenant and BMT staff.
To learn more about depreciation and the BMT site inspection process, contact their team on 1300 728 726 or Request a Quote.