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Episode 228 |Ownership Structure & Trusts with Julia Hartman – Everything You Need to Know About Property Tax (PART 2)

Here we go, folks…. Property Tax PART 2 is finally here!!
So, let’s get down to the Ownership Structure, Trusts and SMSF insights you need!

If you tuned into Episode 226, then you’ll know we have none other than The #1 Property Tax Expert in Australia… Julia Hartman, unpacking the gold for you!

Julia is the Founder of BAN TACS, a co-operative of Accountants, which has been helping thousands of Australian’s navigate the world of tax since 1992!! She has a Bachelor of Business and is a Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Registered Tax Agent…. which, if they don’t mean much to you, translates to this — “impressive” and “rare”!!

PLUS, because we knew she was coming, we threw it out there for our listener’s to ask us their most pressing Tax Q’s they have — and Julia’s going to answer the last of these today and dishing out her top tax tips on ownership and borrowing tax structures!

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Before we get to today’s questions, we want to let you know that we’ve compiled all of Julia’s Answers and Additional Resources into a PDF! If you’re interested, then just fill in the form below and we’ll send it to you right away. 🙂

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Today’s Ownership Structure and Trust Related Questions:

Question from Ben:

When investing for the long term as a couple (with one partner’s income considerably higher than the other), what are your top tax tips to consider when determining ownership and borrowing structures.

Question from Locky:

What is the best tax structure for being able to keep borrowing (family trust or company)? Buy build and rent out for passive income? Thanks guys.

Question from C L Wong:

Should we open a company to manage the residential properties or a trust perhaps? If so, what are the tax benefits do we have? Thank you, Gents 🙂

Question from Alistair:

How to transfer property between entities (company to trust or company to personal name). Investigate how the family law act interprets this. Thanks.

Question from Damien:

Is there any point in getting a tax depreciation schedule anymore for existing fixtures (since recent changes)?

 

Question from Paul:

Is there any point getting a depreciation schedule done on a brand new build IP considering I can just give my accountant the exact costings of the build to depreciate?

Question from Pete:

I want to know: am I able to claim tax deductions if I rent out 1 or 2 bedrooms in my home? If I rent out 2 bedrooms in my 3 bedroom home, am I able to claim two thirds or my rates, Strata, etc?

Question from Matthew:

When renovating an investment property to what level must you renovate the IP so it can be classed as a “Substantial Renovation” to allow you to claim it as a depreciating asset?

Question from Andrew:

Would love to know if we have any further clarification on the possible negative gearing changes from Labor are we able to still offset our income with interest down to 0 but not claim it as a loss i.e. negative gearing or is there plans to take away claiming the interest charges at all so all income is classed as income.

Question from Nick:

How do I transition my investment property at retirement with minimal tax impact?

Question from Kosta:

What implications must we consider if we go down the short-let Airbnb route?

Question from Sandy:

How do you choose/ find a quality property investment savvy tax accountant? Thank you for all your insights

Question from Sineth:

How to differentiate investment savvy/specialist tax agent and general Tax agent? What outcome Investment savvy tax accountant can bring in to table? Cheers

Question from Iain:

What sort of benefits could one expect from a property investment savvy/specialist tax agent over a generalist or do it yourself?

Thanks again for sending in your questions on Facebook folks! All of the answered questions will get a free book so make sure to reach out to us at info@thepropertycouch.com.au! 🙂

Julia’s Answers on Ep 226 & 228

So you’ve checked out Episode 226 on Capital Gains Tax 101 & Episode 228 on Ownership Structure and Buying in a Trust and thought to yourself…

Oh my god! This is next level!

Well, we thought the same too folks. And like you, tax can sometimes make us confused and overwhelmed. As Ben mentioned on the podcast, if we lay the printed copy of the Australian Taxation Law side by side, we can probably reach the moon! #TrueStory

Anyway, that is we always refer to an investment savvy tax accountant when it comes to matters like this and please note that Julia’s answers is general in nature and should not be relied on to make any investment decision.

Now, with that in mind, go ahead and download the report! We’ve included additional link to some of her blogs and resources as well. Just fill in the form below to get access.

You wouldn’t regret it. 

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p.s. We’ve got heaps of other Free Resources on the site! Make sure to check them all out here.

 

Episode 227 | Exposed: “Dodgy Data” Driving Labor’s Negative Gearing Policy

Folks, let’s just say… it’s been a week!!!

You know that exclusive story we shared with you in last week episode?? Well, it’s, ahh, hit the headlines… BIG TIME!

Don’t know what we’re talking about? Here’s a Quick Recap…

Ben was listening to Chris Bowen (Shadow Treasurer of the Labor Party) on ABC’s Insiders: The Interview. Bold Statement made. Rather bold in fact (Listen to ABC’s audio here). Chris Bowen quotes that 96% of properties negatively geared are Established Properties. Ben nearly “loses his cornflakes”. Where had Labor got their data from???

Fast forward to today and not only do we know that the ABS data Labor used to model their negative gearing policy is, in fact, WRONG… but also Ben’s done a bit of behind-the-scenes leg work to expose the real data.

The result? You’ll find out EVERYTHING in today’s episode! But we WILL say this… our world exclusive has made front page news on the Financial Review and Chris Bowen himself has mentioned a certain “mortgage broker” (aka ol’ mate Kingsley) in an address yesterday.

Watch the National Press Club clip here on ABC iview here.

 

Hence, we’ve decided to push Julia’s “Part 2” property tax episode back a week because we think this breaking news is SERIOUSLY IMPORTANT for you folks!

Before we get into it, we do want to add that we are NOT questioning the methodology of the PBO and other expert economists responsible for the modelling work here — far from it. What we’re saying is the data they had access to was simply wrong. And without Labor approaching any of our industry experts prior to pushing the pedal on their modelling, the figures they’ve been telling the general public are, and have always been, misinformed. And this, to be frank, can have quite dangerous consequences for the property market.

Here’s what you’re about to learn….

Read Financial Review’s Articles:

ALP’s Negative Gearing Policy Based on ‘Dodgy Data’

Negative Gearing Savings Overstated By Up to $8b

Bowen Revises Negative Gearing Numbers

Other resources mentioned in this podcast…

Check out Ben’s Analysis on the Negative Gearing Data here.

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12 months ago, we released our first-ever Significant Urban Area Tracker report on our location research platform, LocationScore.com.au!

And the response was amazing! There is still much to be done but to celebrate this milestone, we’ve decided to share our most recent SUA Tracker with The Property Couch community!

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Episode 226 | Capital Gains Tax 101 with Julia Hartman – Everything You Need to Know About Property Tax (PART 1)

Property Tax… let’s have a real conversation about it folks!

Because if we’re being honest— even with 40-odd years of industry know-how between us (and an accounting degree wedged in there as well) — there’s still a bit of property tax knowledge we could use too.

And if you’ve listened to us for a while now, you’ll also know that, when it comes to tax, we’re only allowed to talk about “Statements of Fact” — as we’re not qualified to give advice in this area.

So it’s GREAT NEWS that today’s guest is absolutely, well and truly, qualified to dish out the Capital Gains Tax, Depreciation Benefits, Trusts, Ownership Structures and ALL of the property tax perks & pitfalls!! In fact she’s SO qualified and willing to share what she knows, that we stole a couple of hours of her time to deliver you TWO EPISODES – today, clearing being Part One.  😉 

Who’s our epic guest?

Oh, “just” The #1 Property Tax Expert in Australia… Julia Hartman!!!

To give you an idea of the calibre of skill set we’re working with here — Julia is the Founder of BAN TACS, a co-operative of Accountants, which has been helping thousands of Australian’s navigate the world of tax since 1992!! She has a Bachelor of Business and is a Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Registered Tax Agent.

Ben’s also been admiring her work since “way back in the day” when she first began writing tax articles for Australian Property Investor Magazine, sharing the insights that a lot of property investors out there simply don’t know about.

PLUS, because we knew she was coming, we threw it out there for our listener’s to ask us their most pressing Tax Q’s they have — and Julie’s going to answer plenty of these today and next week.

Today’s round… Capital Gains Tax!!

But, of course, we also had quite the week, including….

  • Federal Budget ANNOUNCEMENT on Tuesday night (2nd April 2019)
  • DATE FOR NEGATIVE GEARING — 1st January 2020
  • RBA Cash Rate Announcement for April
  • Comments on Negative Gearing from Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer of the Labor Party, on ABC’s Insiders: The Interview (Listen to ABC’s audio here)
  • And Ben is in Canberra to present at the Housing Panel!!!

… SO we’re going to tackle these guys at the START of the show.

And of course, the Resources mentioned in this episode are:

Today’s Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Questions:

|42:38| Question from Joshua:

If I have purchased a block of land but choose to on sell it prior to settlement, but the new purchaser’s don’t settle, would I be taxed on the 10% deposit the new purchaser pays in the event that they don’t follow through with the sale, leaving me to settle on the land?|

 

|44:13| Question from Brendan:

What is the threshold between claiming all renovations/maintenance in one year, vs having to stagger it over “X” years?

|48:50| Question from John:

If 5 family members own 1 investment property, can the income be all directed to 1 person or must it be 20% each?

|50:34| Question from Alisdair:

Hypothetical question. I have a PPR and I decide to build an extension and use it to rent out, Airbnb or lease to a tenant. Is the deductible percentage based on square metres only? Any other considerations that should be made, such as a common garage? Will the build be able to be depreciated as a capital works deduction? When I sell my PPR, it won’t be without CGT, will it only the same square meterage that is subject to CGT? The answer to these questions makes it clear if it is a worthwhile proposition.

|58:16| Question from Andrew:

When selling an investment property, how does the depreciation you have claimed on the investment property affect how your capital gains tax is calculated?

|1:01:47| Question from James:

Are Stamp Duty and Capital Gains Tax affected for first home buyers when purchasing a property for the purpose of investment vs owner-occupied?  Also, if the property is initially purchased as an owner-occupied property but later turned in to an investment property what is the tax outcome of this both throughout the life of property ownership and when the property is sold (further down the track).

|1:03:37| Question from Karen:

If I move out of my PPOR and turn it into an investment, then sell it after 6 years, how is CGT calculated?

|1:06:27| Question from Josh:

Can I claim any ongoing CGT discounts if I move and rent out my PPOR if I move into a rental myself?

|1:08:09| Question from John:

I will be looking at losing close to $80k on an investment property I have held onto for 12 years. Just wondering how long I can carry this capital loss over for? And how the whole offset process works…. (ie would a $80k profit in the future completely be offset against this loss?)

|1:10:25| Question from Richard:

I recently tried to work out how to calculate Capital Gains Tax that I would pay on an investment property but the ATO’s website made it very hard to do this. Is it just a straight 50% of the profit made OR does it matter how long you hold the property OR does the profit then go into your yearly income and the percentage is worked out that way?

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