Guest blog: Outdoor appreciation increases depreciation

By the resi financial blog team, 25 July 2014

Outdoor appretiation for depreciation BMT

Outdoor appreciation increases depreciation

Claim deductions on outdoor structures and save

When it comes to claiming depreciation on investment properties, many investors are unaware of the deductions available on outdoor structures, fixtures and fittings.

Items outside a building can add value to a property. Rather than ignoring the street appeal, investors can include items in the yard or outdoor area to help attract potential tenants. The investor can then maximise their deductions by claiming depreciation on the eligible items in the front yard, backyard and balconies of their properties.

Deductions can be claimed on these outdoor assets as either a capital works allowance, or a plant and equipment depreciation.

Capital works allowance, also known as building write-off, is based on the historical cost of a structure, excluding the cost of plant and non-eligible items. Outdoor structures which qualify for the capital works allowance include:

Plant and equipment items, including removable or mechanical assets, are also eligible for depreciation deductions. Each plant and equipment item has an effective life set by the Australian Taxation Office.

The depreciation available on each item is calculated using the effective life. Some depreciable outdoor plant and equipment items commonly found outside a property include:

Assets outside a property can be worth thousands of dollars. Investors should take special notice when old assets including retaining walls, garden sheds and driveways are removed and replaced during a renovation. They may be entitled to claim 100% of the remaining depreciable value as a deduction.

For more information, visit the BMT Tax Depreciation Property Investors page on their website by clicking here. Alternatively, contact one of the friendly staff at BMT on
1300 728 726.

Article provided by BMT Tax Depreciation.

Bradley Beer (B. Con. Mgt, AAIQS, MRICS) is the Managing Director of BMT Tax Depreciation.  Please contact 1300 728 726 or visit for an Australia-wide service.

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