Tax Tips for Property Investors 2023

Tax Tips for Property Investors 2023 

If you have income from investment properties, now is the time to start gathering your records and reviewing your expenses for the 2023 financial year. 


Income to Declare 

All income earned from each property must be declared. If you have multiple properties, keep the records for each property separate to make the tax return more efficient. 
  • Rent received, whether paid directly to you or through an agent or through an online management platform. Rent includes recurring regular amounts as well as any lump sum amounts paid in advance. 
  • Rental bonds returned for example if the tenant caused damage or defaulted on rent payment. 
  • Insurance payouts received as compensation. 
  • Expenses reimbursed by the tenant, for example if they have caused damage and you have paid for the cost of fixing the damages, or if they have reimbursed you for water. 
  • Extra fees received, for example letting or booking fees. 
  • Government rebates, for example for installation of solar utilities. 
You will need statements or recipient created tax invoices from agents or management platforms and documents for all other payments received. 


Tax Deductions 

Deductible expenses for property are different for residential and commercial properties. Not all expenses related to owning a property are allowed as deductions, so it’s important to check what you can claim. 


Expenses You May be Able to Claim This Year 

  • Advertising for tenants 
  • Body corporate fees 
  • Council rates 
  • Water supply charges 
  • Land tax 
  • Cleaning, gardening, pest control and property maintenance 
  • Insurance 
  • Agent fees 
  • Repairs and maintenance 
  • Some legal expenses 
  • Loan interest 

Other Expenses 

There are some expenses which need to be claimed over a longer period such as several years or decades. These can include borrowing expenses, capital expenditure, depreciation, initial repairs and capital works. 
Some expenses cannot be claimed for. These include stamp duty, loans and repayments, some legal expenses and some insurance premiums. 


Get Help to Simplify Your Property Records 

Tax matters for property investors can be complex. The ATO keeps a close eye on tax returns that involve property investment, as it’s easy to make mistakes. There are other matters to consider such as the period of rental availability, private use of the property, capital gains tax, legal contracts and positive or negative gearing. 
We’d love to help ensure you are claiming the right deductions to make the most out of your investment property this year and beyond. 


Book a time now for your 2023 tax return. 


Information contained in this post is not advice. Clients should not act solely on the basis of material contained in this post. Items herein are general comments only and do not constitute or convey advice per se. Also, changes in legislation may occur quickly. We therefore recommend that our formal advice be sought before acting in any of the areas. This post is issued as a helpful guide to our clients and for their information.

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