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Two depreciation methods to pick from to suit your investment strategy

By the resi financial blog team, 03 February 2015

Two depreciation methods to pick from to suit your investment strategy

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows investors to choose between two alternative methods of claiming depreciation on plant and equipment assets. These are the diminishing value and the prime cost methods of depreciation.


When an investor makes their depreciation claim, they can choose only one of these methods, so it is important for them to understand how this choice will affect their investment returns.
Both the diminishing value and the prime cost methods claim the total depreciation value available over the life of a property. However the two me ...

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Guest blog: Don’t get into hot water with claims

By the resi financial blog team, 28 October 2014

Repairs and maintenance or capital improvements?

Concerns about the cost of repairs and ongoing maintenance for an owner’s investment property can be reduced by claiming back these costs when an investor is completing their tax return. Before an investor can start to tally deductions, it is necessary to understand the difference between claiming repairs, maintenance and capital improvements.

Repairs and maintenance

Work completed to fix damage or deterioration of a property is defined as repairs, e.g. fixing par ...

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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 ...

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