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Bonusisode with Julia – Tax Planning Tips to Maximise your Returns (Part Two)

Folks we’re back to finish what we started… 

In last week’s Bonusisode we featured Part One of Tax Planning Tips to Maximise your Returns and now, we’re back to give you the rest of the gold!  

We’ll be unpacking… 

  • How to claim travel expenses related to work (especially if you’re a rental owner!)  
  • Is it possible to successfully act as your own accountant and claim travel expenses for properties? Hint: you need to prove this ONE thing to be eligible…
  • The 2 key ways to keep a travel record (Plus Ben gives a life hack which makes recording 100% easier!)   
  • How to determine if you’re eligible for Building Depreciation + when should you get a Tax Depreciation Schedule?!  
  • What’s included when claiming plant and equipment depreciation!? 

Julia also shares an extremely handy tax tip (Just see how excited it makes Ben!)  for those who’ve missed out on creating a property depreciation schedule… 

Spoiler: You may be able to go back and AMEND past tax returns to gain access to these benefits! 

And lots more! So before you get start lodging any tax returns for 2022, listen to this first folks!  

p.s. If you are looking for an experienced and qualified tax accountant, you can reach out to us here 👉 https://thepropertycouch.com.au/tax

Free Stuff Mentioned…

 

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 1:54 – The 2 ways to keep a travel record  
  • 4:40 – Which record is best for you??  
  • 5:10 – We’re setting THIS common myth straight… 
  • 6:25 – Deducting taxes from travel related to work – what is claimable?!  
  • 8:27 – Can Realtors claim travel expenses?  
  • 9:15 – Defining normal workplaces and being itinerate  
  • 12:15 – Essential rules for transporting others  
  • 13:09 – Recap! (Plus, how to make recording your logbook easier!)  
  • 14:50 – When is TOO LATE to start a logbook?  
  • 16:19 – Successful & unsuccessful examples of claiming travel expenses for Rental Properties!  
  • 19:40 – Should you get an accountant or DIY with a private ruling?  
  • 20:50 – The 3 Key Takeaways…  
  • 25:13 – Is your property eligible for Building Depreciation?  
  • 28:10 – Should you get a Tax Depreciation Schedule?! 
  • 30:20 – The who, what, when and why of SCRAPPING   
  • 32:44 – Plant and Equipment Depreciation: What’s included??  
  • 36:18 – When should you get a depreciation schedule?  
  • 39:25 – Missed out on a schedule? Listen to this for a HOT tip!  
  • 42:50 – So.much.free.stuff!!  

 

Episode 390 | Will Interest Rates CRASH the Property Market?!

With all the buzz around interest rate hikes and inflation, potential market crashes and unpayable mortgage debt, we’ve heard a couple of people feeling anxious about the future… 

We want you to stop. 

Take a step back.  

Breathe. 

And listen to this podcast cos’ we’re not only answering the Q: “Will Interest Rates crash the Property Market?!”, but we’re giving you 7 REASONS why we believe in our answer! (With cold hard numbers to back it up!)   

Can you guess them below!  

  1. S__ E_____   
  2. H____ supply  
  3. I________ 
  4. M_____ Stress Story  
  5. R____ undersupply  
  6. H____ B_____ (This one is often overlooked!)  
  7. H_______!  

 PLUS, we’re diving WAY deeper to cover: 

  • Is now actually a good time to invest in a property (You know, with that famous Warren Buffet quote to be “fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.”)  
  • Why you shouldn’t be investing if you have THIS personality… 
  • What principles should you have front of mind when consuming information about the market?? 
  • How can YOU be the voice of reason?  

Bryce also breaks down success into this ONE attainable thing…Tune in to find out what it is now!!  

P.S. If you haven’t heard…. we’ve got a SPECIAL BONUSISODE for you this week which is all about maximising your tax returns as we bring in the new tax season –  listen in now! 

 

Free Stuff Mentioned… 

  

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 1:34 – Listen to this part for a WHOLE HEAP of special Bonuses! (An email full of FREE RESOURCES?! You’ll want to hear this…)  
  • 8:53 – All success requires is s_____!  
  • 14:28 – This should be the foundation of your thinking… 
  • 18:16 – How YOU can be the voice of reason! 
  • 25:40 – Got Buyers’ Remorse? Ask yourselves these questions.  
  • 28:30 – OUR ANSWER! (Are we just Prosperity Preachers?!) 
  • 30:28 – Reason #1: S_____ E______  
  • 34:28 – Reason #2: H____ Supply  
  • 38:11 – Lets Data Dive into Reason #2!  
  • 39:18 – Reason #3: I______! aka. We NEED people!  
  • 41:25 – Reason #4: M_____ Stress Story  
  • 44:08 – Another Data Dive! (How bad is the debt?!)  
  • 52:20 – Reason #5: R____ undersupply  
  • 53:45 – Reason #6: H____ B_____ (This is a cultural one! Think “The Castle” folks…) 
  • 57:47 – Reason #7: H_______! 
  • 1:04:54 – Is now the best time to buy?! 
  • 1:07:10 – Don’t invest now if you have THIS type of personality!  
  • 1:12:50 – Give us your Interest Rate Questions!! (Click the tab on the bottom right side of the page)  

And  

  • 1:14:12 – Why Ben HARDLY types anymore (aka. Bryce’s Lifehack for today 😉 
  • 1:16:03 – A breakdown of CoreLogic’s Pain and Gain report. 

 

Free Report: How to Make your Own Super Contributions

It’s almost here folks.

After nearly a year of documenting bills and recording receipts, it’s finally time to whip out the calculators and sharpen those pencils…

Yep, that’s right – it’s the 2022 Tax Season!!

And boy are we excited to get into it!!

Well more specifically, we’re excited to get into all the ways that you can maximise your tax return!

That’s why in our April Bonusisode we invited our favourite Property Tax Guru, Julia Hartman, back to the show to share her knowledge!

But we realised while recording that there was just SO much gold to cover…

That there was only one solution:

To write it down in a report for y’all!! 

Hence this report is ALL about making your own super contributions. We explain how to make them, its implications and how you can measure the $27,500 cap!

So what are you waiting for?

Let’s get started! Simply fill in the form below and we’ll email the PDF to your inbox 😊

 


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p.s. Tune in to the full Bonusisode on Tax Planning Tips to Maximise your Returns (Part One) to hear Julia and our own Ben Kingsley unpacking this report. Start playing from 1 minute 33 seconds folks!

p.s.s On the hunt for a good Tax Accountant? Well, look no further! Book in a free and no-obligation initial consultation with one our Tax Experts here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Report: Tax Deductions When Working From Home

We all know that COVID has irrevocably changed how the world works…

From how we interact to travelling regulations, perhaps of the greatest areas affected is the work sphere.

Gone are the 5-day-in-office-rosters and cramped public transport. Instead, we’re now facing a hybrid of home and work office environments with a sea of new devices and platforms to connect us.

But how do these changes affect your 2022 tax return? 

Well, this is exactly what we answer in this free report!!

We’re looking at what taxes you can claim when working from home, how to claim them, AND unpacking how the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will try to deny your claim.

Basically, we’re looking at how you can maximise your returns this 2022 tax season!! 

So what are you waiting for?

Let’s get started! Simply fill in the form below and we’ll email the PDF to your inbox 😊


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p.s. In fact, we’re so passionate about maximising your returns this 2022 tax season that we featured a whole Bonusisode around it! Tune in as our favourite Property Tax Guru, Julia Hartman, and our very own Ben Kingsley unpack this report. Start listening from 10 minutes and 48 seconds!

p.p.s. On the hunt for a good Tax Accountant? Well, look no further! Book in a free and no-obligation initial consultation with one our Tax Experts here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Report: Year-end considerations for Rental Property Owners

As the year draws to a close, we begin reflecting on the changes we’ve made over the past year…

Wait – we’re not talking about Christmas or the end of 2022!

We’re talking about the end of the financial year for property investors!!

This time is all about recording those new changes to your homes – be it repairs, renovations or improvements – and submitting them in your 2022 tax return!

This report covers what you can claim when doing either of these three (plus what isn’t tax-deductible) and what general deductions you can make.

Simply put, we’re trying to share some tax tips to maximise your return this tax season!! 

So what are you waiting for?

Let’s get started! Simply fill in the form below and we’ll email the PDF to your inbox 😊

 


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p.s. Tune in to the full Bonusisode on Tax Planning Tips to Maximise your Returns (Part One) to hear Property Tax Guru Julia Hartman and our own Ben Kingsley unpacking this report. Start playing from 32 minutes 56 seconds folks!

p.s.s On the hunt for a good Tax Accountant? Well, look no further! Book in a free and no-obligation initial consultation with one our Tax Experts here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonusisode with Julia – Tax Planning Tips to Maximise your Returns (Part One)

As the old saying goes…

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. 

And folks, we believe this holds true today which is why this Bonusisode is all about organising your taxes in the lead up to 30 June 2022!! (Part one)

This is the 2nd episode from our NEW Property Tax education series called Talking Property Tax with Julia Hartman where we give YOU hot tips and tricks to boost your returns and avoid tax traps. 

(Pssst – check out  Episode 1: The Top 5 Tax Rules Every Property Investor Must Understand here!!)

In today’s episode, we’re covering…

How to top up your own super…  

The BEST bookkeeping practices everyone should implement (Like what records should you keep and how long you should keep them for!!)  

AND we’re also giving you handy tips for claiming car and travel costs!!  

We’ll also be putting on our property investors’ hats to unpack the difference between Improving vs. Repairing in the eyes of ATO!

But that’s not all!!   

To help illustrate what we’re talking about in today’s episode, we’re also giving you 3 FREE reports on:  

  • How to make your own Superannuation Contributions 
  • Tax deductions when working from home 
  • Year-end considerations for Rental Property Owners 

Just fill out the forms below to download them now!  

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There is tons of gold in this Bonusisode so tune in now!

p.s. If you are looking for an experienced and qualified tax accountant, you can reach out to us here 👉 https://thepropertycouch.com.au/tax

p.p.s Make sure you stay tuned for Part 2 where we hone in on maximising your claims with travel, plant and equipment deductions!!

 

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 1:33 – How to make contributions to your Super  
  • 4:09 – What benefits do you get from topping up your Super??
  • 10:48 – Pitfalls of the home office claim 
  • 13:24 – What should you be recording when bookkeeping?  
  • 17:00 – Should you bother claiming your utility bills in the home office?  
  • 18:37 – Listen tothis if you’re self-employed!  
  • 19:56 – Let’s Recap!  
  • 20:35 – Must-knows with car and travel claims!!  
  • 26:53 – Property Taxes and Interest in Advance  
  • 27:50 – Why 2022 is a (relatively) LOW tax bracket!  
  • 32:56 – Repairs vs. Improvements  
  • 36:01 – Example 1: Repairing a roof  
  • 37:37 – Example 2: Carpet to Floorboards 
  • 41:18 – What is plant equipment?  
  • 43:13 – Understanding different depreciation schedules… 

 

Episode 389 | Interest Rate Rise: What this means for YOU! – Chat with Evan Lucas

Right. Let’s get this out of the way first… 

Interest rate rises shouldn’t be scary!  

There might be some panic-inducing headlines floating around (Especially after the Reserve Bank of Australia’s announcement to raise interest rates for the first time in over a decade)  

But in reality, rising interest rates are not bad! 

To help us explain why this is true, we’ve got a NEW guest on The Property Couch… 

Meet Evan Lucas, Chief Market Strategist at InvestSmart! He is an accomplished financial markets professional who has been investing in and researching global markets for more than a decade!

Evan gained experience at several top-tier global institutions and has worked with the likes of ABN Amro, the Royal Bank of Scotland and RBSMorgans!!  

On top of debunking this idea, we’ll be uncovering… 

📈 Why the RBA has decided to lift interest rates now, 

📈 How inflation psychology actually works (plus how to flip your mindset around it!)  

📈 And of course, does this change mean you should go with a fixed or variable interest rate?!? 

(PLUS, the RBA and politics, predictions for the future, AND SO MUCH MORE!!!) 

Evan will also be sharing his money story growing up and explaining what the GREATEST ASSET you can buy with money is! 

So tune in now to cut through the noise and understand the who, what, and why behind rising interest rates!  

 

Free Stuff Mentioned… 

  

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 2:10 – Stay close to your Mortgage Brokers folks! 
  • 3:00 – Don’t get anxious…get understanding!!  
  • 4:22 – Welcome Evan Lucas!  
  • 5:30 – Evan’s journey to where he is today… 
  • 10:35 – The elephant paradigm! 🐘 
  • 15:02 – Money can buy you the greatest asset of all: T____.  
  • 26:08 – What does buying T___ look like in everyday life?  
  • 30:02 – Why is the property market so special?!?
  • 34:44 – Evan explains the reasoning behind the RBA’s cash rate hike (and what “The 3 Mandates” are!)  
  • 38:45 – How to flip your mindset folks!  
  • 45:51 – Why the rising interest rates shouldn’t be scary! (And it’s actually a…positive?!)  
  • 48:03 – How does inflation psychology work??  
  • 52:04 – How is the global economy and supply chain influencing Australia’s market?  
  • 55:15 – Breaking down Australia’s employment figures!  
  • 1:01:04 – Should folks choose fixed or variable interest rates??  
  • 1:04:51 – What we predict for the future!  
  • 1:09:39 – Will the RBA’s decision impact the Federal Government’s Election??  

And… 

  • 16:23 – Let’s recap: How to buy your time back and why rising interest rates are good!  
  • 1:20:49 – Never waste time re-opening tabs again (This one’s for you Google Chrome users!)  
  • 1:22:15 – Beware Scammers folks! Listen to this to understand how they work.  

 

RBA Cash Rate May 2022: Cash Rate to 0.35% – Find out what’s next here!

As we speed through the first half of 2022, we’re back with another announcement from the Reserve Bank of Australia!  

The RBA’s May update is not only packed with global economic news from the ongoing war in Ukraine to China’s hard lockdowns but sees the RBA raise interest rates for the first time in 11.5 years.  

Tune in now to hear Ben’s evaluation of the update and his predictions for the future!   

 

Here are our three other key themes for this month’s economic 

  • Global inflation,
  • The impacts of global interest rates, and 
  • What the RBA did today… 

Plus, Ben also includes his latest news and commentary on…

  • The World Bank and IMF cuts 2022 Growth Outlook  
  • How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is impacting the global economy 
  • China’s COVID crisis: will they relax their policies?  
  • The macro drivers behind global inflation: How long will it last?  
  • Why the RBA has decided to hike interest rates… 
  • The US’s mixed economic report  
  • Low unemployment levels, falling consumer sentiment and the lack of wage growth data in Australia.
  • CoreLogic’s Home Value Index – May 2022 
  • And heaps more!  

 

 

 

 

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The Property Couch, its employees or contractors do not represent or guarantee that the information is accurate or free from errors or omissions and therefore provide no warranties or guarantees. The Property Couch disclaims any and all duty of care in relation to the information and liability for any reliance on investment decisions, claiming the use or guidance of this publication or information contained within it.

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Episode 388 | Why do people sell off-market properties?! – Q&A

Folks we have received one of the greatest compliments bestowed upon us in this episode… 

We have been called… 

THE NETFLIX FOR PROPERTY INVESTORS! 

And folks that has absolutely made our day! Thank you, Andrew!!  

But we’re guessing if you’re here, you haven’t just come to hear us celebrate our new title. 😉 

You’ve probably been like us and Jordy – who asked the question – and wondered “Why do people sell off-market properties??” 

And we’re so excited to dive into this because honestly, we think the answer is going to surprise you!  

We’ve also got a fantastic line-up of questions for this week’s Q&A episode, like… 

  • How do you actually put the big rocks in the jar first?! In this case, our question-asker Clancy is having to choose between buying an investment property or home first… 
  • Is it possible to have a multi-purpose investment that actually works??
  • How can question-asker Demi allay her family’s concerns over her investing in her third property within a year?

Listen in now folks, we’re streaming tons of audio gold (Since – you know – we’re the Netflix of property investors 😉)  

 

Free Stuff Mentioned… 

 

Questions We Answer…

Jordy on Why People Sell Off Market Properties  

“Hey Bryce and Ben, 

How you guys going? 

Just had a question around off market opportunities. You hear that there are so many off market opportunities out there that they actually make up nearly more than listed properties. 

I’m just wondering why there would be so many real estate agents who are working on the seller’s behalf wouldn’t want to take it to market to get as much competition and try and get the best price.  

Obviously, there’s times when someone might want a quick sale, but outside of that it just seems kind of just goes against logic, so if you guys could have a discussion about that. Thank you.”  

 

Clancy on Putting the Big Rocks in the Jar  

“Hey property couch guys, 

Long-time listener here. I’ve got a question for you around putting the big rocks in the jar and just having a better understanding of what that means. 

Our current position is me and my partner own a unit on the Northern beaches in Sydney approximately worth 1.4 something, with around 400 and something in equity in that property. 

Over the next sort of five years, we want to move into a house. It’s also in the northern beaches and we also want to start our investment journey in terms of buying investment property. Question is what should we do first? 

Should we have our next goal be behind the house or the next goal be behind the investment property? Everyone in the family says we’d be crazy to buy an investment property first. 

It kind of makes sense to me that that would be the next option. I’d really appreciate your guy’s insight and maybe help me understand what putting the big rocks in the jar means I know that’s an important concept, but I’m just not quite there conceptually, thanks.” 

 

Andrew Kringas on Lifestyle Property purchases 

G’day Ben and Bryce.  

Big shout out to you guys and the podcast. I kind of refer to this as the Netflix for property investors. 

Like a lot of your listeners, I got into you a couple of months ago and have not been able to stop going through all the episodes. Obviously starting up from the beginning and then ended up coming to some of your newer ones.  

My question is really in relation to lifestyle property that you referred to and there has been obviously a really big surge in the past two years of people buying properties in regional, Victorian coastal areas, and looking at using it as a holiday destination for themselves, but also seeing how they can make some substantial rents during peak holiday periods and also use the opportunity to let family use it. 

 Just wondering what your take is on this and with the pending interest rate rises, is it something that you guys look at or do you steer away from it? Similar to high rise apartments. Would be really happy to hear your thoughts, thanks. 

 

Demi on Advice to family after 4 properties 

“Hey Bryce and Benji.  

My question is around family, so my family been watching me. We’re about to purchase our third property in a year, so we have 4 all up. I’m only 25 and my family will get very nervous about it. I have buffers. I have everything. What would you say to them to make them not stress out? 

Thank you.”  

  

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 2:05 – Focus more on the H___ than the G___! Let us know what yours are… 
  • 4:34 – Question 1: Why People Sell Off Market Properties  
  • 9:00 – Remember folks, just because it’s off-market doesn’t mean… 
  • 11:05 – Real Estate Agents are influenced by E____ too! 
  • 12:24 – Don’t fall for the THIS myth 
  • 16:12 – Question 2: How to put the big rocks in the jar first 
  • 17:48 – It’s a relatively easy decision if you take out… 
  • 19:35 – What we would recommend! 
  • 23:52 – Question 3: Lifestyle Property purchases (Netflix for property investors?! We are HONOURED mate!)  
  • 25:20 – Can you have a multi-purpose investment? (and Ben’s predictions for the regional exodus trend!)  
  • 28:23 – Will the Lifestyle Property Purchase trend continue? 
  • 33:36 – Question 4: Allaying family concerns over investing 
  • 35:24 – Why you should test your buffers…  
  • 38:18 – “Be a student of history!”  
  • 42:10 – Folks, remember there is no “right” way to invest… 

And… 

 

Episode 387 | Everything you need to know about Home & Contents Insurance – Chat with Steve Mickenbecker

It’s no secret that Australia is facing an insurance crisis. 

Did you know that roughly 70-80% of all Aussies are underinsured?!  

With the constant string of natural disasters from fires to floods, the ability to choose the right personal insurance that actually covers you is becoming more and more critical!  

It might not be our sexiest topic folks, but it’s definitely super important to know!! 

But how are you supposed to know what insurance is best for you?   

Or what makes an insurance policy a good insurance policy??  

Thankfully to help us clear this muddy water we’ve got Steve Mickenbecker, financial services expert!  

As well as being part of Canstar’s Group Executive Team (aka. Australia’s Biggest Financial Comparison site!!), Steve is also Canstar’s financial commentator.

He brings more than 30 years of experience in home loans, superannuation, insurance, mortgages, banking, credit cards, investment, budgeting, money management and SO MUCH MORE!  

Basically…he’s the ultimate insurance guru!!  

And he’s here to explain… 

What the heck is Stagflation?!  

How to ensure your insurance policy appropriately covers flood damage!  

What the future for insurance policy services will be (Are we destined to forever be served by robots and AI?!)  

PLUS, Steve will deep dive into some of  Canstar’s and the Insurance Council of Australia’s Catastrophe Data. 

Listen in now folks – this one is real eye-opener! 🤯 

 

Free Stuff Mentioned 

 

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 2:02 – Money problems are actually Money H___!  
  • 3:48 – Welcome Steve Mickenbecker!!  
  • 5:37 – From ledger cards to cryptocurrency: Steve’s Money Backstory  
  • 14:36 – How Steve first got into finance!  
  • 16:21 – What the heck is Stagflation?! (And why haven’t we seen it since??)  
  • 22:13 – Why is it important to get your insurance right?   
  • 25:24 – What factors should you consider when selecting insurance? 
  • 27:44 – The underinsurance epidemic and why we’re seeing it today! 
  • 29:10 – How to CORRECTLY calculate if you’re underinsured… 
  • 35:23 – Folks, THIS is why you should read annual changes in your insurance policy!  
  • 36:36 – How to ensure your big-ticket items inside your house are actually covered!  
  • 40:20 – Steve’s rule of thumb for knowing what items you should ensure 
  • 42:05 – How to choose the best insurer for you!  
  • 47:30 – So…what actually makes a good policy?  
  • 51:15 – How much excess is juust right? 
  • 53:31 – Online vs. Human insurance service  
  • 55:45 – What sort of records should people keep for claims?  
  • 58:21 – Data dive into natural disaster coverage… 
  • 1:00:30 – The Average out of pocket costs for home and contents insurance!! (WOW!)  

And… 

 

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