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Paying Interest In Advance On Investment Property

May 1, 2010 | Finance, Tax Tips

Now is the time of the year some people consider paying 12 months of interest upfront to claim the tax deduction in this financial year. If you have sold a property and have a capital gain liability, or have come into some money via a bonus or something, paying the interest upfront and claiming the deduction this year can be a good way to reduce the tax bill for the year.

Many lenders will offer a discount on the interest rate for paying in advance, for example Commonwealth Bank have an interest rate of 6.54% for paying 1 year upfront if you are on their professional package. This is less than the discounted variable rate, of course you are taking a risk as to what interest rates will do over the next 12 months.

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