Getting Your Rental Property Taxes Right
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) reminds rental property owners and their tax agents to be extra careful when filing their tax returns.
A recent review found that 9 out of 10 rental property owners need to correct their returns. Here’s what you need to know to avoid errors:
- Include All Rental Income: Make sure you report all rental income, including earnings from short-term rentals and any other rental-related income.
- Report Income Accurately: Report rental income in the year when the tenant pays it and as the gross amount received before deductions.
- Avoid Double-Dipping: Don’t claim expenses you have subtracted from your net rental income.
- Expense Categories: Expenses fall into three categories: those you can’t claim, those eligible for an immediate deduction, and those claimable over several years.
- Interest Expenses: Be careful when apportioning interest expenses, especially if part of the loan was used for private purposes.
- Maintain Records: Keep records showing your expenses related to producing rental income.
- Apportion Expenses: If your property is not used for rental income (e.g., for personal use), divide your deductions accordingly.
Remember, you’re responsible for the accuracy of your tax return, even with a tax agent such as ourselves.
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