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Episode 349 | How To Avoid Paying Tax Without Going To Prison! – Chat with Julia Hartman

Tax Time! The question is: what can (and can’t) property investors claim? And how can you get MORE tax back and avoid paying a cent more than you must WITHOUT breaking the law and ending up behind prison bars!?!

(The latter quite important for obvious reasons.)

Folks, we get that you want to claim as much as legally possible this tax season and keep as much in your “back pocket” (AKA offset or savings account 😉) as you can.

So, here to help property investors MAXIMISE their tax deductions on their investment properties is none other than THE #1 Property Tax Expert in AustraliaJulia Hartman!!!

Julia is the Founder of BAN TACS, a co-operative of Accountants that has been helping thousands of Australians navigate the world of tax since 1992. (yep… since 1992… says quite a bit about her industry experience, right?). She has a Bachelor of Business and is a Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Registered Tax Agent.

And when it comes to Property Tax… Julia is ALL over it!

Not only is she CO-HOSTING this episode with Bryce and kicking off our AweGuest series while Ben’s relaxing in the north of Western Australia, but also Julia is a total JET when it comes to understanding the intricacies and often grey areas of tax… in a way that won’t make your eyes glaze over! (Phew!)

 

We’ve broken this episode into a 3-part framework for you:

  • 1 – What Everyone Needs To Know About Property Tax!
    • CAN’T Claim Deductions
    • CAN Claim Deductions in the income year you incur the expense
    • CAN Claim Deductions over a number of income years
  • 2 – Other Important Taxes to Consider
    • Capital Gains Tax (CGT)
    • Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • 3 – Listener Questions on TAX!

 

Plus, Julia has thrown in a property checklist of Dos and Don’ts as well.

So… fancy some winning property tax tips? Listen now to get ‘em.

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The Questions We Answer

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Question on Capital Gains Tax on Knockdown Rebuild from Tamika:
Hi there Property Couch. I’ve been loving your podcasts I’m enjoying them. I’ve been listening for over 12 months since I’ve found them, I’ve been looking forward every Thursday to the little message saying that they’re uploaded. I’ve got a question, it’s in regard to capital gains tax and knock down rebuild. I don’t know what sort of information I need to keep and whether a valuation prior to a demolishment is necessary all of that sort of information. If you could please help with this? I’m thinking your tax agent Julie Hartman might have the best sort of information and advice in this situation. I’m planning to demolish a property that I’ve held for over 15 years, it’s been a rental income since day dot and obviously it was a lot cheaper, the land value and the house, and I just want to get this right so if you could give me some advice I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!

 

Question on Deductibility of Interest from Lennard Abarcar:
Hello everyone, I’ve got a question for Julia. I took on a new loan by extracting some equity from an investment property that increased in value. Will the interest on this new loan be tax deductible if it is used for one of both of the following: renovating the investment property or paying the monthly interest expense of the investment property loan? Thank you!

 

 

Quote of The Ep:

“The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a Prison Wall” – Denis Healey former Chancellor of the Exchequer

 

 

 

348 | From Refugee To $140,000 A Year In Passive Income! – Chat with Toui

From Government Welfare to Passive Income! Yep, you read that right. You’re about to hear a refugee’s real life story to a self-funded retirement. And we probably don’t need to tell you that this Financial Transformation is Off-The-Charts incredible…

Meet Toui “pronounced Twee”. A first-generation refugee who came to Australia in 1980 for a better life. And he is now talking to us from an EXTREMELY DIFFERENT financial position than when he and his family first arrived from Laos as all those decades ago!

Fast forward to today, and Toui and his own family – his wife Jen and their 3 kids – are now on track to a passive income of $140,000 a year! Yep. This story certainly takes “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me!” to a whole new level.

And, get this, there’s EVEN MORE to this financial transformation… (so many layers of awesomeness going on!)…

Case in point: Have you heard of something called “Microsoft Money?”

Well, let’s just say Toui’s got a bit to share with you there too…

Look, folks… while our new Winter Series has set a seriously high benchmark (how good have the listener transformation’s been!?!), we just might’ve saved the best for last!!

Please Listen.

 

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Here’s what we cover…

  • 02:52 – Meet Toui.
  • 03:20 – Starting Life As A Refugee…
  • 04:09 – “You think we’re made of money…”
  • 04:40 – When you miss out on breakfast and sometimes lunch as well…
  • 05:51 – Early memories that shape Toui’s upbringing (wow!)
  • 07:23 – The beginnings of breaking free from Financial Survival
  • 10:10 – The Big Shift In Mindset That Really Changed Everything!
  • 11:47 – The pull to “Want to be Like everyone else…”
  • 14:12 – Has Toui’s brother followed a similar path?
  • 16:00 – Okay. But what was The Big Pivot REALLY like?
  • 19:07 – Why property?
  • 19:28 – “I’ve got toys that I want to play with” – How to curb impulse buying…
  • 20:10 – Is Microsoft Money all it’s cracked up to be?
  • 20:27 – The Mate that got him onto The Property Couch!
  • 23:07 – The power of an END GOAL!
  • 25:33 – THE provisioning story… “Jen’s gonna hate me…”
  • 28:46 – Toui’s simple advice for YOU…
  • 30:55 – The critical importance of self-education
  • 32:44 – When you can retire 10 YEARS EARLIER than you first thought… (!!)
  • 38:56 – THIS is where people get stuck the most!
  • 39:33 – Why you MUST STOP Keeping Up With The Joneses!
  • 42:33 – … $140,000 in passive income!
  • 43:03 – How are they going to achieve that!?!
  • 43:04 – … HOW MANY??
  • 44:14 – The most powerful instrument in investing!
  • 44:51 – What lessons does Toui want to pass on to his kids?
  • 45:09 – Forcing the family to listen to The Property Couch! (LOL! Sorry, guys…)
  • 47:14 – Being able to tell Dad how different life is now…

 

Note: There are more real-life investor stories like this in our Previous Summer Series! Make sure you check them all out here.

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347 | “Whatever You Do, DON’T Do What I Did!” – Listener Shares His Big Wake-Up Call – Chat with Scott

Meet The “Squirreller” ­ – or should we say EX-Squirreller – who unfortunately learnt the hard way about the real costs of Pinching Every Penny… 😬

Here’s the deal:

Joining us today is listener Scott who has a very, very important message for our community. ESPECIALLY for those who, like Scott, happen to view money as safety – and as because of this, do whatever they can to minimise their spending. To the point that’s, ahh, well, “NQR” – Not Quite Right. Even if it’s coming from an honourable place.

Before you ask – YES – there IS a point where you can “squirrel” or save TOO much money! And the tip-over point? When your relationship with money begins to ruin your relationship with your family…

In this tell-all episode, Scott generously shares his Big Wake-Up Call that forced him to seriously reconsider his squirrelling habits. A lesson he learnt the hard way and doesn’t want for you, or anyone else.

But this is only part of the story.

Not only will you learn what caused the “OMG, I need to change” shift in mindset and how Scott managed to safeguard tomorrow WITHOUT sacrificing his family’s ability to enjoy today… but also, you’re going to learn what it’s like to build a property portfolio from a “regular” Australian who simply wants to create a better future for himself, his wife and his kids. And, yep, this includes the good, the not-so good and the “Whatever You Do, DON’T Do What I Did!” mistakes.

In short, this ep is a word to the wise – and we highly suggest tuning in folks! ‘Cos, you know what they say… it’s best to learn from someone else’s mistakes than to learn them first-hand…

 

A huge shout out to Scott for his extreme transparency — we have no doubt that your hard-won wisdom will be of immense benefit to our community 🙏🙌

 

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Here’s What We Cover…

  • 01:48 – Meet Scott.
  • 01:50 – Oh no, not another Collingwood supporter!
  • 03:46 – Money conversations around the dinner table…
  • 04:37 – In the good ol’ days of Layby…
  • 05:36 – Scientifically Proven Benefits of Delayed Gratification!
  • 07:50 – Inside the mind of a Squirreller…
  • 09:15 – The Warning Signs of Financial Anorexia!
  • 10:32 – The First Big Purchases (… would you do this??)
  • 13:27 – The Understated Power of DEFENCE
  • 15:13 – Why Property Investing Should Be Boring!
  • 15:38 – When Being A Squirreller Causes Stress In Your Relationships
  • 15:58 – Money as Safety. Let’s talk about it…
  • 17:28 – What caused the change…?
  • 18:28 – How is Scott implementing Money SMARTS?
  • 19:24 – What planning work has Scott done with his portfolio?
  • 21:05 – When the goal is NOT to retire!
  • 21:47 – Life As An EX-Squirreller: How it positively affects intimate relationships
  • 23:25 – What does Scott think has been the BIGGEST impact to his success?
  • 25:03 – Scott’s Money Mantra!
  • 27:19 – … Paid CASH for his Principle Place of Residence!?!
  • 28:23 – The Ups & Downs of Joint Ventures
  • 31:00 – Was everything done by the book??
  • 32:17 – What caused the deep desire to build a property portfolio?
  • 34:04 – How on earth did he swing Eddie McGuire into THIS sentence! (well played, Scott, well played!)
  • 32:25 – How does he organise his buffers?
  • 36:30 – The property in South East Queensland… (ouch!)
  • 37:44 – What you need to know about “Growth Corridors”
  • 38:41 – What does Scott ALWAYS look for in an investment property now?
  • 40:00 – Passing On The Wisdom: What Scott wants you to know about “falling for the bling”…
  • 43:39 – How’d he get pitched by a Spruiker, anyway?
  • 49:06 – The Biggest Lesson!
  • 50:30 – What money advice does Scott pass onto his teenage kids?
  • 54:10 – How many more properties does he have left to buy?

 

 

Note: There are more real-life investor stories like this in our Previous Summer Series! Make sure you check them all out here.

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Best Business Podcast – Episode Ranking | June 2021

June started with lockdown after lockdowns… Surely, the strain of uncertainty could come creeping in every once in a while as everything we do and everything around us seems almost at a standstill if not tugging us. Still, Australia’s housing market generally stays resilient with Home value gaining a stronger lift in May. June’s growth conditions is looking favorable too.

June, after the Roman goddess Juno – the god of marriage and childbirth… we may say… is a good month for new beginnings!

 

🎥 Here are the Episodes that trended in iTunes

 

🎥 June Episodes

June 1 : RBA June 2021 : Inflation Risk – How bad is it?

Ben gives another update on the Reserve Bank of Australia’s cash rate, sheds light on Inflation risk and looks into the overall Economic Outlook in United States, China, Japan and Europe. Talks about the latest business conditions, 2021’s Federal Budget and much more!

 

June 3, 2021: Episode 341 | How To Pivot Your Investment Strategy When Affordability Changes

What will you do if property prices keep going up and you can no longer afford an investment-grade property? This episode talks about what would your investment strategy be when affordability changes.

👉 Get The Recap Of The First 20 Episodes Your Binge Guide to the Foundations of Property, Finance and Money Management

👉 SRP – Location Research Tools

 

June 10, 2021Episode 342 | From $250K to $2M Properties: How To Invest No Matter What Your Budget Is!

How to invest whatever your budget is, your age is, or whatever your strategy is …  Ben & Bryce also talked about the Donut Ring Concept, how to sell an investment to buy a PPOR  and why Rentvesting is a better idea. Plus, the 7 ways to help your kids get on the property ladder sooner!

👉 New ATO Data – Interest In Rental Property!

👉 Ben’s Video: 7 Ways To Help Your Kids Get On The Property Ladder Sooner

 

June 17, 2021: Episode 343 | “Pass Go & Collect $200” – 6 Property Lessons From Monopoly!

Here Bryce & Ben shares the 6 Proven Property Lessons AND …. yup! That’s it 😊. Whether you want to apply it in your life or not, all up to YOU! .. but we say… YOU SHOULD!

 

June 24, 2021: Episode 344 | Have You Made The Wrong Investment Decision?

Ben & Bryce will discuss, and will never tire of discussing the fundamentals for we often get that “have I made a mistake” question most especially to those new to our Podcasts. This episode is also for D.I.Y Investors and would be D.I.Y-ers (is there a word? 🤔) D.I.Y.-ers common mistakes in doing valuation, and when to bring in an expert. If your investment property has solar panels, will it increase the value and rent? … What do you think? … find the answer in this episode.

 

 

🎥 P.P.S. Here are some of TPC GOLD that we’ve done in June. Do check out our Facebook Page for more videos like this. Enjoy! 🙂

346 | No More Properties Left To Buy: How This Couple Did It!

Financially Free Before 30… How!?!

Folks, in today’s episode we’re interviewing a young couple who, get this, have no more properties left to buy.

Meet Emma & Liam – D.I.Y. property investors who are “Done & Dusted” with only 2 investment properties and one family home.

Um, wait a minute…. Are you wondering, “How on earth…!?!”

Yep, we were equally blown away too.

Here’s where it gets even better – they did it with No bells, No whistles – just a couple of clever, cost-effective renovations and – the big one – they lived and breathed delayed gratification.

And now Emma & Liam and their small family is Set For Life.

… Wanna find out how these listeners did it?

Us too – strap yourselves in!

 

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Here’s What We Cover…

  • 01:13 – Meet Emma & Liam!
  • 01:47 – “Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees”, they said…
  • 05:01 – Money lessons learnt from Nintendo!
  • 08:50 – When they first started, how did they set up their bank accounts?
  • 11:23 – Have they ever BLOWN their cash!?!
  • 13:13 – Financially Free Before 30… let’s seriously unpack it!
  • 14:18 – What did they have to sacrifice to make it happen?
  • 16:39 – What do they prioritise above all else?
  • 16:57 – How much time did Emma save by using Money SMARTS?
  • 18:32 – “Experience Over Things” — Why It’s The Best Way To Live!
  • 20:30 – WHY did they want to build a property portfolio in the first place?
  • 23:30 – Meet Their Properties!
  • 25:09 – The D.I.Y Renos!
  • 27:48 – “Don’t Buy Any More Properties!” — Their reaction to being told they were DONE!
  • 32:46 – Were they tempted to keep buying property, anyway?
  • 36:31 – The Mexican Fishing Story Every Property Investor Needs To Hear!
  • 38:15 – The #1 thing you need to succeed as a property investor!
  • 41:12 – Emma & Liam’s Top Renovation Tips!!
  • 43:18 – How to cut your Renovations cost (smart!)
  • 46:11 – Are there fights in the household over money?
  • 46:19 – Why it doesn’t matter if you’re NOT debt free! (wait, what!?!)

 

 

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