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Are you making the most of depreciation schedules?

Posted by Paul Wilson

Do you have depreciation schedules prepared for all of your investment properties? And if you do – have they been prepared by a qualified Quantity Surveyor?

In an effort to keep their budget in check, many property investors feel that Depreciation Schedules (DS) are something they can manage quite easily themselves.

They lodge a tax depreciation report with the ATO that shows the value of the property, any additional assets that have been added to the property in the past financial year and what depreciation allowance is due to the owner.

The problem with this is that historically, investors who do their own depreciation have been more likely to be investigated by the Tax Department.

Instead, why not get a qualified Quantity Surveyor to do it? They will often unearth additional deductions that will make paying their professional fees more than worthwhile.

Unlike mortgage brokers and rental property managers, Quantity Surveyors are somewhat of a secret asset to property investors.

While they are commonly consulted in the construction phase of a project, they can also be used to review and inspect a pre-existing property to determine depreciation and capital works tax deductions.   

There are two good reasons to employ the services of a qualified Quantity Surveyor to take care of the Depreciation Schedule for your investment properties:

The cost of having a DS drawn up is tax deductible for a property investor. Their expertise will likely identify claimable assets that you would never have thought of on your own.

Quantity Surveying services can also provide building cost estimates, construction contract consulting and management, feasibility reports and other reports that may be applicable to various situations.

Another service of a Quantity Surveyor is Insurance Replacement Reports, which are very important in the case of property damage. A Replacement Report will determine the true value of restoring your property to its former standard after damage and give an estimate of the full construction costs to rebuild the damage caused by fire, flood or any natural disaster.

In our experience, using professional services nearly always wins out in the end in terms of achieving a better financial result.

Keep in mind that older properties can benefit from depreciation reports too. If you’re keen to learn more about this tax trick that can supercharge your property profits, contact us on 1800 600 890 for the details of the Quantity Surveyor company we use at We Find Houses. This highly reputable and trusted business operates throughout Australia.

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