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Discussion in 'Accounting & Tax' started by Serah, 1st Jun, 2016.

  1. Serah

    Serah Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Terry_w,

    Not sure if the topic has been discussed before. Would you be able to let me know what can be included in an acquisition costs of the property?
    Building and pest fee
    Solicitor fee
    Council rate/ water rate at the time of purchase and the travelling costs to search for the property
    Are they all part of the acquisition costs?

    Thanks.
    Serah
     
  2. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    these are acquisition costs and not deductible against income

    Council/water rates are deductible

    Travelling to see a property you don't yet own is not deductible at all.
     
  3. Paul@PFI

    Paul@PFI Tax Accounting + SMSF Business Member

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    Travelling to buy a property is considered a preliminary expense and is not deductible and not a CGT cost. Travel to sell a property may also be capital expenditure rather than relating to earning assessable income.

    However a buyers agent cost is a CGT cost as is a P&B for a property you do purchase. If it falls through the cost is not deductible or a CGT cost.

    Bizarre tax issues.
     
  4. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    Actually it all makes sense - if there is no property there is no income so any expense couldn't be deductible!
     
  5. Serah

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    Thanks @Terry_w and @Paul@PFI .

    Is the fee for depreciation schedule deductible from income tax?
     
  6. MikeLivingTheDream

    MikeLivingTheDream BCOM MCOM MTAX CPA CTA Registered Tax Agent

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    yes it is deductible. claimed at Item D10 - Cost of Managing Tax Affairs
     
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  7. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    yes
     
  8. Serah

    Serah Well-Known Member

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    Another question is should i use my credit card to pay for these kind of expenses and then use fund from the split offset account to reimburse my credit card?
     
  9. Paul@PFI

    Paul@PFI Tax Accounting + SMSF Business Member

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    If you do that all you do is increase the interest on the loan attached to the offset. If the offset is on your PPOR home loan the increased interest is non-deductible. If its against your wife's IP then she gets the enhanced deduction.

    You may be confusing use of borrowed money with an offset. Using credit proceeds in an offset is NOT borrowing money. You have to consider what loan is attached to it.
     
  10. Serah

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    Thanks @Paul@PFI. The card is under my name and i have loan A attatched to offset ac A what i would like to do is use the credit card to pay those expenses and then transfer the fund from offset ac A to my credit card. If i do that would i be able to claim interest on loan A as tax deductible or consider these kinds of transactions as acquisition costs?
     
  11. Paul@PFI

    Paul@PFI Tax Accounting + SMSF Business Member

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    Not sure but seems unlikely.

    What did your tax adviser say ?
     
  12. Serah

    Serah Well-Known Member

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    QUOTE="Paul@PFI, post: 225349, member: 48"]Not sure but seems unlikely.

    What did your tax adviser say ?[/QUOTE]
    They said i can do that. I am not sure if i should.
     
  13. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    They said i can do that. I am not sure if i should.[/QUOTE]

    Who said?
     
  14. Serah

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    Who said?[/QUOTE]
    My Accountant
     
  15. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    So are you trying to refinance a cc debt with a loan?

    Did you see my tip on this?
     
  16. Serah

    Serah Well-Known Member

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    I red some and whenever I get a chance. They are great tips.
    I know there is no way to reimburse myself. I am still lost, if for example my split loan A is 200k and i put cash 200k in offset loan A. When i found a property i need to pay $500 to BP so I use my cc to pay the fee can i then transfer the fund from offset A of $500 to pay back to the cc?
     
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    Thanks heaps Terry!!!
     
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    Quick question around an acquisition Cost. Is it only CBA that charge a settlement fee for new purchases? my other banks don't seem to charge this fee (nor have the conveyancers)
     
  20. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    No, many do, mostly the smaller non bank lenders.
     
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