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    Jimmy-T
    Jimmy-T
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    Since our last podcast took us to Russia, we thought we’d stay a lot closer to home with this week’s.

    A story in the Australian newspaper caught our eye, concerning growing signs that  investors are prepared to mothball their brand-new, off-the-plan apartments.

    Rather than put their units on the market when both rents and property prices are in …
    https://www.flat-chat.com.au/podcast-ghost-apartments-with-added-james-valentine/

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    TonyC
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    Jimmy, there’s an old saying “If it seems to good to be true, then it probably isn’t true.”
    In the Australian Taxation Office’s Guide to Rental Property Owners 2018, it states:
    You can claim a deduction for certain expenses you incur for the period your property is rented or is available for rent.
    The Tax Office is strict – if they see no rental income yet claims for deductions and depreciation, they will demand evidence such as ‘for rent’ posts on domain.com.au or realestate.com.au, letters from the managing agent to explain (a) the property has been available for rent and (b) the reasons why it has not been rented.
    It follows that anyone trying on your scenario will fail in their claims for tax deductions, making the scenario a financial disaster.

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    Jimmy-T
    Jimmy-T
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    I did not know that … but then, I didn’t know until recently that you could claim depreciation on your property.

    In any case, I’m guessing that the people who do know about these things have already worked out clever ways to avoid ATO scrutiny.

    We live in an era when tenants are sub-letting their rented units to holidaymakers and/or cramming them full of overseas students.  This is widely known, so where is the Tax Office?

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