Articles by Ken Raiss

Ken Raiss

Ken is director of Metropole Wealth Advisory and gives strategic expert advice to property investors, professionals and business owners. He is in a unique position to blend his skills of accounting, wealth advisory, property investing, financial planning and small business. View his articles


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The Australian Taxation Office is aware that residential rental property owners may be concerned about how COVID-19, floods, or bushfires have reduced their income. This may be a result of tenants paying less or entering deferred payments plans, or travel restrictions which have affected demand for short-term rental properties. New legislation also affects the tax…

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It’s coming up to tax time and while many of us might shudder and put it off, we should relish the thought of a legitimate tax refund. Unfortunately, many people only think of tax when it is time to lodge their return. In fact, I recently heard that there is more than $1 billion of legitimate…

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The end of the financial year can sneak up on you, can’t it?  Before you know it, 30 June is approaching – or has past – and you aren’t as prepared as you wanted to be. Unlike the onset of spring, when our minds perhaps turn to more growth-oriented ideas, the wintry end of the…

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Smart property investors use all the legal tax rules to minimize their cash flow leakage and maximise their deductions. The government encourages property investors to provide accommodation for those who need it by offering them a range of tax benefits. While most investors know about the typical tax deductions, such as interest on loans, repairs and management fees,…

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The recent strawberry sabotage by a reportedly disgruntled employee – and potentially others who appear to have simply jumped on the bandwagon for some terrible reason – is a timely reminder of the importance of business insurance.  With many businesses facing difficult economic times due to rising costs, increasing competition as well as changes to consumer…

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With the end of financial year coming up soon, I thought I would provide some general tax strategies for property investors to consider: 1. Documentation: Keep summaries of all your rental income and expenses. This is much easier if you have your property manager looking after your property where they pay all expenses and collect all income….

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There are more than two million property investors in Australia but many of them never get past owning one property. And those who manage to buy a number of investment properties often hit a growth brick wall because of lending issues or poor asset selection. However others struggle to achieve their financial goals because they…