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Overseas PropertyFancy a villa in Tuscany, what about a Condo in LA or Loft apartment in New York? I do!

But can I claim depreciation on this property… The short answer is yes! 

The main difference, however, is in regards to claiming the building allowance – that’s the wear and tear on structural elements of the property like bricks and concrete. Depreciation Calculator

With Australian properties you’re entitled to claim 2.5% of these construction costs per annum, as long as the property was built after July 1985. The rate for overseas properties is the same – but the date is different. Construction of an overseas property must have commenced after 1990.

So if you want to maximum your depreciation benefits on an overseas property, look for a newer property built in the last decade or two. Internal items like carpets, ovens, lights and blinds – can also be depreciated, as you would with an Australian property. This is often referred to as plant and equipment.

A good place to start your research is on the ATO’s website. You can download a publication called Tax Smart Investing: What Australians Investing in Overseas property needs to know.

Like any property investing, you’ll need to do your homework, research the local market, find out about rental yields and occupancy rates. but the best thing is – this can all be done on-line these days.

The main barrier to depreciating an overseas property is working out the constructions costs, along with the expense of flying a quantity surveyor overseas.

Washington Brown has a number of affiliations around the world. We regularly inspect properties in London… New Zealand… I even did an inspection in Koh Samui (Thailand) recently.

If you have an investment property located overseas, we can help you claim the maximum eligible deductions. Request a free quote here to get started.

Here’s a video I created about claiming depreciation on overseas property, I hope you enjoy.

So there you have it. You can still invest in overseas property and reap the benefits of the Australian Tax system’s depreciation laws. But remember, the property must have been built or renovated after 1990.

If you need a depreciation schedule for your investment property – get a quote here or let us prepare an estimate of the likely deductions available to you – just submit your property for a free review here. Start claiming depreciation on your overseas property today!

About Tyron Hyde

Tyron Hyde is the CEO of Washington Brown Quantity Surveyors. He is regarded as one of the industry's leading experts in property tax depreciation, is regularly quoted in the media & asked to speak at conferences. Connect with Tyron on LinkedIn Watch Tyron Hyde speak at Washington Browns 40th Party