End of Financial Year Tax Planning

May 26, 2023 | Finance, News and Updates, Property Investing, Purchasing Property

As the end of the financial year approaches, it’s an opportune time for Australian property investors to reassess their investment strategies and capitalise on tax planning.

End-of-Financial-Year Tax Planning:

  1. Maximize Deductions on your investments:
    • Prepay Expenses: Consider prepaying deductible expenses, such as interest on loans, property management fees, or insurance premiums, before the end of the financial year. This allows you to claim deductions in the current year and optimise your tax position.
    • Depreciation Schedules: Review your depreciation schedules or if you don’t have one for your investment property consider organising one.
    • Investment Properties: Improvements will not be deductible at all and plant and equipment purchased now will only qualify for one months depreciation unless it is under $300 per owner of the property. Keep records to reflect any renovations, repairs, or improvements made during the financial year.
    • Capital Gains Tax Considerations: If you’re planning to sell a property, evaluate the timing of the transaction to manage capital gains tax implications effectively. Seek advice from a tax professional to assess strategies such as capital gains tax discounts, exemptions, or deferral options.
  2. Superannuation Contributions:
    • Superannuation Contributions: Review your superannuation contribution strategies and consider maximizing concessional contributions up to the annual limits. This not only helps grow your retirement savings but can also provide tax benefits.
    • Non-Concessional Contributions: Assess your eligibility to make non-concessional contributions to your superannuation fund, as they can offer long-term tax advantages and wealth accumulation opportunities. Understand the contribution caps and seek advice to avoid excess contribution penalties.
  3. HECS/HELP Debts: These are to be indexed by 7% from 1st June so if you can pay it down, do so before 1st June 2023.

Remember to seek advice from professionals, such as mortgage brokers, tax experts, and real estate agents, to make informed decisions aligned with your financial goals. By strategically planning your tax position and staying attuned to market trends, you can position yourself for success in the ever-evolving landscape of property investment in Australia.

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