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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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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?

RBA April 2019 Announcement – Are you prepared for what’s to come?

Folks, we’ve got a very FULL week ahead of us!

Firstly, it’s the first Tuesday of the month which means the RBA Board has met and announced the official cash rate.

And tonight at 7:30 PM (AEDT) is Budget Night! We’ll be hearing from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and many are expecting some cash splurge. As indicated by the recent economic data, we need some good old stimulus in the economy.

This is then followed by a reply by the Labor party on Thursday! Do they agree? Do they not? Not to mention the recent shocking news that the Labor party released regarding their proposed Negative Gearing policy.

All this and more in Ben’s RBA commentaries. PLUS he’ll walk you through the global and domestic economy and give you his cash rate predictions for 2019! Make sure to tune in folks! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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