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Does depreciation affect servicability?

Discussion in 'Property Finance' started by Wall Street, 2nd Dec, 2015.

  1. Wall Street

    Wall Street Well-Known Member

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    Hi all

    OK this is a potentially silly question... (directed more at brokers)

    The good
    Depreciation obviously has no cash effect, which is great as I can buy pretty things and show the bank that I still have lots of money.

    The bad
    However it takes a chunk out of my book income, which presumably looks bad when the banks ask to see my tax returns.

    The confusion
    Are the credit people sophisticated enough to see through this devious accounting slap in the face? Assuming they do, is there any stage at which they will get weary from someone claiming huge amounts of non-cash expenses?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Travelbug

    Travelbug Well-Known Member

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    I've never had banks look at my tax returns. I don't see any downside to claiming depreciation.
     
  3. Marty McDonald

    Marty McDonald Mortgage broker

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    Yes depreciation and one off costs etc can be added back to the profit figures when assessing a self employed persons financial position. However if you run a trucking business for example then adding back depreciation on the trucks may be a stretch as the trucks will need to be replaced continually.

    For investors it doesn't really come into it as they aren't looking at the property section of your tax returns generally even if self employed they will strip this out and go off 80% of rental income from managing agents statements etc.
     
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  4. Peter_Tersteeg

    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    In theory the banks would add back the depreciation if they're assessing on your tax returns. Most do, but it doesn't always work out that way.

    For most people, depreciation doesn't affect their serviceability at all.
     
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  5. Wall Street

    Wall Street Well-Known Member

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    Brilliant! Yes I was thinking more in terms of property depreciation, rather than going concern depreciation (eg trucks, machinery).

    One less thing to worry about as I work on trying to strengthen my serviceability!
     
  6. Rolf Latham

    Rolf Latham Inciteful (sic) Staff Member Business Plus Member

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    Unless of course you are treated as self employed or are self employed and you go to Worstpac for a loan.......

    they see a paper/capital dedn as coming off your cashflow, rather than improving your real bottom line, and then encourage you to believe that all accountants and other bankers have it wrong and they arent being as "responsible".

    ta
    rolf
     
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  7. Wall Street

    Wall Street Well-Known Member

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    Hah I know that the bank is wrong there. My wife is a CPA and she's ALWAYS right!
     
  8. Mick C

    Mick C Well-Known Member

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    Dep has no effect.

    In fact for self employed Dep on business tax returns will be "Added back" as income
     
  9. Fargo

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    Yep, had that conversation with Worstpac yesterday, made a motza last year paid cash for a house yielding 8%, bought $65,000 dollars of shares in superfund, including bellamys which are up 600%, claimed over 100k in depreciation and now they want to reduce my loan because in their book my income is too low after accounting for a non recurring lease payment on an asset that will be worth more than the lease liability. WTF ! Had no problem with BoM maintaining loan limit after selling a security
     
  10. Wall Street

    Wall Street Well-Known Member

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    These are the sorts of crazy situations that I'm just trying to get my head around/prevent from occurring!