So there are extra rooms that you don’t use and it’s just occurred to you that the extra cash that could come in from renting a room or two on Airbnb outweighs the negatives of having a complete stranger in your home – OK, what do you need to be aware of?
Last year we wrote an article detailing the new withholding tax introduced for properties sold to foreign residents. For any property sold for more than $2 million after 1 July 2016, the purchaser had an obligation to withhold 10% of the sale price.
Anyone with investment property in Australia is probably feeling a little edgy with all the recent media attention on deductions, affordable housing, and negative gearing. We take a look at some of the key tax issues for investors pre and post 30 June:
The latest federal budget has seen changes to the way property investors can claim depreciation. This will potentially cost investors thousands, although it is yet to be legislated.
Do you own a negatively geared investment property? Your employer is required to withhold tax during the year to cover your estimated tax liability from your employment income. However, those who have a negatively geared property investment will have less taxable income than their employer estimated, due to their rental property loss offsetting their employment income. In these cases, the employee does their tax and gets a tax refund for the overpaid tax at the end of the year.
If you are lucky enough to have come to that point in life where you have paid off your private mortgage you may now be looking at paying down some investment loans. There are a number of factors you need to consider to ensure you get your excess cash working for you in the best way possible.