- New Property Depreciation
Do you get more depreciation on a new or old property?
After the depreciation tax laws changes in 2017 – you definitely get more depreciation on a newer property.
The changes to depreciation in 2017 meant that you could no longer claim depreciation on second-hand Plant & Equipment assets. This has led to brand-new property having much higher depreciation claims.
Also, construction costs have historically risen over the years. So a house built in 1990 would have a lower construction cost than an equivalent one built in 2010, meaning the depreciation claim would be lower.
Since the 2017 Federal Budget changes, you are still able to claim both the Plant & Equipment and Building Allowance deductions on brand new property.
This means you will be entitled to the maximum depreciation claims, provided the house remains as an income-producing asset.
Compared to an older property, where you are not entitled to claim deductions on the previously used Plant & Equipment, the difference in deductions could be well into the thousands.
Do I need a Quantity Surveyor or an Accountant?
You need a Quantity Surveyor to prepare your depreciation schedule. The ATO has stated that a Quantity Surveyor is eligible to estimate building costs where they are not known.
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