Why do I need one?
Having a tax depreciation schedule drawn up is highly advantageous as it allows you to really get the most out of your investment property. It turns what would generally be a loss into a gain and will help you obtain the maximum amount of tax deductions. For example, the depreciation expense for the first year on a newly built home is around 2% – 3% of the home’s purchase price.
So, if you purchased your home for $600,000, then you could receive a depreciation expense of $12,000 in the first year alone. A tax depreciation schedule also ensures that the process is compliant with ATO regulations as it is handled by industry-professionals.
What are examples of assets that could depreciate?
When a property’s depreciation value is examined it is split up into two categories – capital allowance (Division 43) and plant and equipment assets (Division 40).
- Capital allowance – This division concerns any aspect of the actual building such as initial construction and any form of renovations/extensions – both internal (kitchen, bathroom etc.) or external (garage, decking, fence etc.).
- Plant and equipment assets – Any appliance or piece of furniture falls under this division. A few examples would be air conditioning units, fridges, lighting appliances or security systems.