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AIRBNB

By now you have probably heard that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is putting Airbnb owners ‘on notice.’ Airbnb has emailed owners warning them that their details have been shared with the ATO. I suspect that there might be a few ‘Nervous Nellies’ out there – those who haven’t declared the income they have been […]

The CGT Saver Report

    Let me introduce you to our new product, the CGT Saver™ Report – A report specifically created to prevent our clients from paying too much in Capital Gains Tax. Although you can no longer claim depreciation on second-hand Plant & Equipment Items (ovens, dishwashers, etc.), with Washington Brown’s CGT Saver™, you can claim […]

The Secrets of Backdating Your Property’s Depreciation

Property depreciation is one of the largest tax deductions for homeowners in Australia. But did you know that you can backdate your property’s depreciation? Doing so could save you thousands of dollars every year. As an investor, you need to take advantage of all the tax deductions Australia has to offer. Property depreciation deductions allow […]

Finally, Some Clarity

On Friday 14th July, the Treasury Office released a draft bill regarding how depreciation deductions on a second-hand property can be claimed moving forward. They also invited interested parties to make submissions. It’s complicated, to say the least, so I’ve tried to simplify this Bill and the key points. Here are my 9 Key Takeaways […]

Tax Time: What You Can Claim

Tax time is creeping up on us! So I thought I’d provide a simple list of some things that you can claim on. And that will help you save some money. If you’ve been reading this blog, you’d know by now that some things cannot be claimed as an immediate deduction. However, there are some […]

The Depreciation Party Is Over

The depreciation party is over… Well, kind of! In an attempt to “reduce pressure on housing affordability” the Government has announced dramatic changes to the way depreciation is claimed on property. Let’s start with the good news: 1.  Any existing investment properties purchased (contract exchange date) prior to May 9 2017 are not affected (unless they […]

Who does Depreciation Schedules?

Having been in this industry for more than two decades now, I’ve met all sorts of property developers and investors. Many of the calls and inquiries I receive are from frustrated investors who could not get depreciation reports (or schedules) from their accountants or real estate agents. However, what most investors don’t know, is that […]

Looking Into The Future of Depreciation

What does the future of depreciation look like? *UPDATE – Read about the Budget changes here*. Often I’m asked by investors who are about to purchase an investment property “what should I look for in order to maximise my future depreciation claim?” People seem surprised when I respond by saying whilst depreciation is an important part […]

What a load of Scrap!

Whenever I am delivering a presentation or conducting a webinar, I always make sure to leave time for a 30 min Q&A session at the end. In most Q&A sessions, the topic that by-far receives the most queries has to do with the concept of “scrapping” in relation to property tax depreciation. Claiming the Residual […]

6 Reasons Why Negative Gearing Stinks

(UPDATE: – Read about the 2017 Budget changes to depreciation here). Dear Fellow Investors, I get it. I get what Bill Shorten and the Labor Party are trying to achieve by cutting negative gearing…but it stinks for 6 reasons. First, for those of you who might not know…Labor proposes to: Eliminate negative gearing to all […]