Frequently Asked Questions
We require the basic contract and settlement details on the property along with a room by room list of inclusions which can easily be completed using our handy “Tick and Flick” sheet in the online form.
No, we base our reports on the clients self assessment of items within the property. This is how we keep our fees low.
Depreciation.com is a registered Tax Agent under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (Tax Agent Number 25584015). This is now required to produce ATO compliant schedules.
Our leading qualified quantity surveyor, Mr Bennion, has over 20 years’ experience in the field of depreciation alone. He is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and is recognised as a leading authority advising on depreciation matters. Highly respected within the industry, he formed part of the Consultative Committee that advised the Australian Taxation Office on changes to Property Depreciation Tax, effective from July 2004.
Yes, our deprecation services are Australia wide covering all capital cities and rural areas.
No, this is due to the tax legislations differing between countries.
Plant and equipment items are basically items that can "easily" be removed from the property as oppose to items that are permanently fixed to the structire of the building. Plant items also include items that are mechanically or electronically operated, even though they can be fixed to the structure of the building.
Plant and equipment items include (But are not limited to):
- Hot water systems
- Air conditioning systems
- Automatic Garage Door motors
- Furniture - freestanding
- Vinyl flooring
- Window Furnishings - Blinds and Curtains
The Building write off Allowance is based on historical building costs and includes things such as the bricks, roof, mortar, walls, foundations, electrical works etc.
No, it is not. Your investment property does not have to be new, both new and old properties will attract some deprecation deductions.
Two methods can be applied when depreciating property, the Diminishing Value and Prime Cost method. The property investors intentions in relation to their property will determine which depreciation method will be most suitable for them.
Under the diminshing value methodthe deduction is calculated as a percentage of the balance you have left to deduct. If you claim using this method you are claiming a greater proportion of the assets cost in the earlier years of the effective life.
Under the prime cost method the deduction for each year is calculated as a percentage of the cost. If you claim using this method you are claiming a lower but more constant portion of the available deductions over the life of the property.
Yes, an accountant may assist, however under Division 40 & 43 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, the ATO encourages the Self-Assessment Scheme whereby the assitance of a Professional Quantity Surveyor is required in order to estimate accurate plant and building costs.
By obtaining a Depreciation.com Tax Deprecation Schedule, you will maximise the amount of non-cash deductions you will be able to claim in your tax return on your investment property. A tax depreciation schedule will differentiate between depreciable plant items and any allowance claimable on the building works.
Learn more about the benefits associated with obtaining a tax depreciation schedule.