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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 381 | Should I Continue Investing After 40?

Do you know how to make your invisible finances….visible? Or what we mean by “the big rocks in the jar”?!  

It’s been a while since we’ve done a Q&A Day folks, and boy we’re covering a lot of ground! We’re answering the questions above, and more, including… 

Debunking the “too old to invest” mentality that many people fall into, WHY it doesn’t work… 

AND how it leads to unfortunate statics, like how

73% of all Aussie property investors stop at one property, and 91% stop at 2!

Folks, we need to change this statistic which is why we’re exploring what our question-asker (and you) can do to avoid self-limiting action.  

Bryce also lists some great examples of people who’ve only found success later in life; listen in if you need some inspiration.  

PLUS, how you can use Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to best benefit you!  

Yep. We’ve got 2 listeners interested in CGT in 2 VERY different ways… 

We’re explaining what CGT is, clarifying whether it affects borrowed money and asset appreciation AND if it’s possible to dodge THE 6-year rule!!! (Don’t know what that is? Tune in to find out 😉)  

We’re also hitting a huge pain point of Ben’s, related to why banks treat investors (over owner-occupiers) like second class citizens, and why it doesn’t make a lick of sense to us!  

PLUS we discuss the floods on Australia’s east coast and its impacts on the property market. Our thoughts go out to all the people affected by this disaster ❤️. 

Of course, since it’s a Q&A day there are tons more good stuff crammed in as well.  

All questions are listed below folks – so tune in and enjoy!  

p.s Remember to send us your tax questions BEFORE the season starts through the Speak Pipe widget found on The Property Couch website. (You’ll find it on the bottom right side!)  

p.s.s Did we also mention if we answer your question in the upcoming podcast, you’ll get a free Start & Build course? 😉  

 

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The Questions We Answer 

Anonymous on Regional Investing   

“Hi Ben and Bryce,

Love your show and have finally hooked hubby into listening too! Question – We are both 41 years old, have a young family, and work full time. We have a mortgage on our principal place of residence in Sydney and have used our equity to purchase 2 properties in regional NSW over the last 2 years (in the same town of 65000 people).

Given we are early 40s and are keen to continue investing in regional NSW (needs to be somewhere hubby can get to and run repairs as he is handy) are we getting too old to have over two investments? Thanks!”

Riley on Loan Security/Captial Gains Tax on Principle Place of Residence 

“G’day team, 

I’m a rent-vestor that’s looking to purchase a home for myself in the next 6-12 months. I have enough equity in my investment property that I could feasibly loan against in order to generate a deposit. 

My question relates to Capital Gains Tax. I understand that I can loan against equity to purchase another investment, however, am I able to loan against equity to purchase a home? 

Will there be any capital gain associated with using the loaned money to purchase a PPR as opposed to another investment property? 

 I’ve been led to believe this is the case but haven’t been able to substantiate the claim through my own research. Any thoughts?” 

Anonimous on Capital Gains Tax and the 6 Year Rule 

“Can you tell me more about the 6-year rule?  

I understand that if you rent out your primary residence for less than 6 years and move back into it then you don’t have to pay CGT when you sell.  

Let’s say I buy a new house and rent out my current primary residence, can I move back and forth every 5 years between the two properties to avoid CGT when I want to sell one of them? 

Sorry if you covered this in a past episode, I’m getting my way through the 400 or so episodes!”  

 Tomasz on Split Owner Occ loan to fund investment:   

“Hi Guys, 

Love the show, I wish I had found out about it from Day 1 as it would have lead me to follow the knowledge you have shared. Thanks in advance for answering this question. 

I have a $400K Owner Occ loan with $200k available for redraw. I am planning to use approximately $150k of the redraw funds to purchase an investment property. My bank allows me to easily split this $400k loan into $250k/$150k splits. Do I have to change the $150k loan to an “investment loan”? Or can it stay as an Owner Occ loan? 

I am confused as the interest for the $150K loan will be tax deductible but the security for this loan is still the house I live in. Further to this can you share any information relating to why Investment interests rates are higher than Owner Occ rates?”  

 

Here’s some of the gold we cover… 

  • 0:48 – A catch up on Ben and Bryce’s social life since last week… 
  • 3:32 – Rob (Aka. Buggerlugs the boy) and family of Frank, Tracy, Layla & Elke [Kenny] cheers for the great reviews.  
  • 12:17 – How this lesson from the meat-packing industry can apply to…property?! 
  • 15:50 – Anonymous’ Question 
  • 16:06 – How old is too old??  
  • 17:08 – Don’t fall for these negative mentalities (Be more like Julia Child, Stan Lee and these other greats!)  
  • 22:23 – How can you make the “Invisible, visible” and stop limiting your portfolio to 2 properties!  
  • 27:26 – What do we mean by “the big rocks in the jar”??  
  • 28: 35 – Riley’s Question  
  • 29:22 – What is Capital Gains Tax?  
  • 30:22 – Why ______ does NOT affect asset appreciation or capital gains!  
  • 31:10 – Purpose NOT security folks  
  • 32:10 – The rule of thumb for deductibles…  
  • 33:18 – How you can ask us (and returning podcast guest Julia Hartman) your questions BEFORE tax season!  
  • 34:46 – Anonimous’ Question 
  • 35:15 – Why can you only have 1 current primary residence?  
  • 36:54 – Tomasz’s Question  
  • 37:59 – Why do banks treat investors like second class citizens?!  
  • 42:00 – When should you change your loan?  
  • 44:22 – Why Ben was called “That mortgage broker” by a politician…  
  • 46:20 – Bryce’s house reno lifehack!  
  • 48:30 – How will the floods affect Australia’s property market?  
  • 52:15 – Our future predictions for supply and demand in flood-affected areas  
  • 54:00 – Will insurance premiums go up?  

 

Episode 376 | It’s never too late to start: How he’s on track for a $2k/week passive income! – Chat with Steve

It’s the final episode of our Summer Series 2021/22!! And folks, we are finishing with a bang!

Steve, our special guest only started listening to us back in January last year.

But… within a short span of 8 months (all during COVID as well), they…

  1. Paid off their bad debt,
  2. Implemented Money SMARTS,
  3. Got a property portfolio plan done
  4. And even bought an investment property

All without penalising themselves!!

They’re still doing all the fun things, still going away on weekend and having that lifestyle that they wanted but yet, things are looking a whole lot better now.

So… what are they doing differently?

Tune in now to find out why it’s never too late to start AND how you can also buy an investment property without impacting the family budget 😉

p.s. Make sure to tune in to 34:45 minute where he talks about how the podcast has given him the confidence to demand something from a certain someone.

 

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  • FREE MyWealth Portal & Start Your Financial Transformation Today! (includes Money SMARTS, Money FIT + Money STRETCH) – Fill in the form at the bottom of this page or Free Sign Up Here
  • BingeGuide to Property, Finance & Money Management Download here
  • Free Report: How to Buy an Investment Property without Impacting the Family Budget? – Download here
  • (LIVE Video) How to find Hidden Money in your Family Budget? Watch here

 

Here’s what we cover…

  • 2:00 – Meet Steve.
  • 2:45 – “Financial situation of the parents was their business…”
  • 4:47 – What are his saving habits since he was young?
  • 6:00 – What are some of the money messages that he noticed growing up?
  • 7:13 – Steve’s saving habits in his early years…
  • 7:50 – The difference between a good teacher and a GREAT teacher!
  • 10:20 – $60,000 for a property… And it’s not cheap?!
  • 11:06 – Living through the Recession times and how that affected his job decision
  • 13:17 – How long did the renovation go for?
  • 16:22 – The lifestyle choices and struggles most parents face
  • 18:28 – When your kids don’t share the same passion as you…
  • 20:28 – How did they manage to fund the 3rd principal place of residence?
  • 22:30 – Who gave him the advice to deal with his properties THAT way? 😨
  • 23:00 – Building their dream home HIMSELF in 12 months!
  • 24:00 – What was his research outcome to build wealth? #WhyProperty
  • 26:23 – “Maybe it’s time to clean all these up…”
  • 27:58 – The unexpectedly easy transition to Money SMARTS
  • 30:45 – What was their #1 priority in the first couple of months of Money SMARTS?
  • 31:55 – His lifehack to catch up to our 300+ episodes!
  • 34:45 – The podcast gave him the confidence to demand what he wanted from the _________ ?
  • 38:29 – What was the satisfying change that really mattered to him and his family…
  • 41:05 – Do you notice these signs… ?
  • 46:11 – Full steam ahead towards their end game!!
  • 48:48 – Steve’s advice for YOU!

 

 

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Episode 375 | “The Phone Wouldn’t Stop Ringing”… How she stopped the wolves at the door! – Chat with Bianca

“If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know where you could possibly go.”

That’s just one of many amazing quotes in today’s episode.

 

Folks, some stories need to be told. And today’s guest owns one of those stories.

You can kind of guess it from the title but here’s what happened…

Our special guest today, Bianca was an athlete. She was a great basketballer in her younger years and was travelling interstate and internationally for competition and she was doing great.

But… life is like a rollercoaster – there are ups and downs.

And she had two down times…

One of them involved a huge credit card debt.

So… what happened? How did she climb back up? Did she run away and hide?

 

Well… Bianca showed us what we can achieve by taking a step forward and be honest to ourselves and everyone around us.

She also showed us her tenacity to do better and an unyielding ability to swim upstream.

And most importantly, she showed that life is all about the choices you make.

 

Like we said, some stories just need to be told and heard…

Tune in today folks. You won’t regret it.

 

Free Stuff Mentioned

 

Additional notes:

If you’re finding yourself in a tight spot then please do not hesitate to reach out for help. That’s the first step to recovery. Here are some useful links that might help you take that step:

 

Here’s what we cover…

  • 1:28 – Meet Bianca.
  • 1:56  – What was money like when growing up?
  • 3:14 – What were the observations that she learned from her mom?
  • 6:46 – The “GREAT” transition to young adulthood!!  
  • 8:30 – “Hmm… Something doesn’t really add up…?”
  • 9:11 – What was her motivation to get a second job?
  • 9:55 – What is this…. a credit card?! (Uh oh…)
  • 11:30 – The denial phase that felt like an insurmountable challenge
  • 12:20 – What was the one thing Bianca thinks she has lost?
  • 13:32 – THIS is the best thing you would do…
  • 14:25 – Internal dialogues that were playing in her head
  • 17:50 – What’s the best way to rip the band-aid off?
  • 21:31 – The danger of looking for help online!
  • 22:30 – Financial Peace: How does she plan to achieve this? 
  • 24:32 – Did you know this about Auckland, New Zealand?
  • 27:18 – What can you learn by just observing your local community?
  • 29:50 – Moving across the ditch!
  • 30:45 – The 1st Property!! Saved a Deposit, Found the Property, Offer got accepted but…. LMI said no. (Huh?! But why?)
  • 32:04 – So… What did they spend the deposit on instead?
  • 32:50 – The defining moment in their journey
  • 36:16 – Yes, it’s a money spreadsheet again
  • 38:43 – When did they finally manage to buy their first home?
  • 40:42 – Multitasking 101: Best Way to Learn!
  • 44:34 – What is their next course of action towards Financial Peace?
  • 46:13 – Her heartfelt message to her younger self and others
  • 50:44 – How are things different now?
  • 54:31 – What made her come on our Summer Series?

 

 

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Episode 374 | How to Win Robert Kiyosakis’ Cashflow Game in Real Life!! – Chat with Marina

“You wanna be the janitor”

This is probably the first time we’ve ever had a guest over where money conversations were not only discussed at the dinner table but… it was a hot topic anytime of the day!

For very good reason too!

Marina, our special guest today had an awareness towards money and investment at a very early age.

In fact, when others were playing Monopoly, Marina was playing Robert Kiyosaki’s cashflow game (Quick tip: It seems… being a janitor in the cashflow game has the highest chance of winning it 😉)

She had a full grasp on the concept of debt – tolerable, horrible and productive – a long time before she discovered The Property Couch and she also started investing in property at the tender age of 19.

So…

  • Where did that drive come from?
  • How did she develop a can-do attitude?
  • What are some life lessons she learned along the way?
  • And which of our fundamentals gave her a boost?

Folks… We seriously can’t describe how uplifting her story is and there is much to learn from this episode so let’s jump into it now!

 

Free Stuff Mentioned

 

Here’s what we cover…

  • 1:24 – Meet Marina.
  • 2:03 – Money was a hot topic?!!
  • 3:11 – Unconventional Wisdom from negotiating for a Furby
  • 5:05 – Where did the money awareness come from?
  • 9:01 – How is it like when your mum is a superhero? 🦸‍♀️
  • 10:45 – Having a transparent and honest money conversation within the household goes a long way folks! Here’s the proof of that…
  • 12:45 – Introduction to Robert Kiyosaki’s Cashflow Game
  • 13:22 – The embarrassing job interview 😱
  • 14:05 – Why did she drop out of uni?
  • 16:10 – Property research skills that have been passed down from her parents…
  • 17:32 – THIS is how you win the Cashflow Game!
  • 19:25 – When spreadsheet budgeting becomes _____________?
  • 22:11 – The “Aha!” moment!
  • 25:36 – A 250% increase in their surplus?!!
  • 26:54 – What are all the changes that they’ve made for that to happen?
  • 30:21 – Saving thousands of dollars by just signing a few papers?!
  • 31:25 – What happened that she had to return HALF of the First Home Owner Grant?
  • 34:01 – Why you shouldn’t bring your dad to an auction…. #ToughLove
  • 37:35 – Buying the Family Home
  • 39:55 – What are their next steps for here?
  • 42:55 – Why it’s important to merge their money mindset
  • 46:06 – The bombshell moment…
  • 49:27 – The importance of facing your demons and taking action
  • 52:45 – What does she want to impart to our community?

 

 

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