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[Podcast] The ATO’s Watchlist: A Guide for Australian Property Investors, with Ken Raiss

[Podcast] The ATO’s Watchlist: A Guide for Australian Property Investors, with Ken Raiss
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The Australian Taxation Office is ramping up its efforts to recoup an estimated $9 billion revenue deficit, and they're pulling out all the stops.

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  • New alliances with asset managers and banks? Check.
  • Advanced technologies to scrutinize investment loans and asset sales? Double check.

If you're an investor in Australian property, this is your call to be vigilant and informed.

Today, I’m joined by Ken Raiss, director of Metropole Wealth Advisory who’s here to guide you through the treacherous waters of this new tax landscape.

Areas that I think will be closely monitored by the ATO:

  1. Capital gains, particularly in regard to:
    • Taxpayers who claim a full CGT exemption while renting part of their main residence
    • ensuring that investors do not falsely claim the main residence exemption
    • Cryptocurrency gains capital-gains-tax-money-government-pay-property
  2. Trusts on Notice, including complex ownership structures and family trusts
    • Particularly those that distribute to adult children in lower tax brackets
  3. Work-From-Home Deductions
    • A newly introduced fixed rate of 67 cents per hour now applies to cover energy, phone, internet, and stationary expenses.
  4. Property Investment Deduction
    • The ATO will use data matching with mortgage lenders to verify claims on returns from investment properties and holiday homes.
    • They’re looking for excessive interest expense claims, improper income and expense apportionment between joint owners, and unfounded claims for recently purchased rental properties.Taxes2
  5. Interest expenses – the purpose of the loan determines deductibility
    • Interest on a loan for investment purposes can be claimed, but interest on loans used for private purposes cannot
  6. Property Development and Renovations
    • Profits from these activities may be considered as business income, rather than a capital gain, meaning they are fully taxable.
  7. Overseas investments
    • Income from investments in property or other investments made overseas must be reported to the ATO.
  8. Side hustles
    • ATO assistant commissioner Tim Loh said if you earned money through continuous and repeated activities for the purpose of making a profit, then it was likely you were running a business.

Good record-keeping and staying informed about tax obligations have always been important factors, but due to increased ATO oversight, it’s become more important than ever.

Investors should have a team of experts around them to help keep them on the right path.

Links and Resources:

Ken Raiss, director Metropole Wealth Advisory

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Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who help their clients grow, protect and pass on their wealth through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's once again been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and one of Australia's 50 most influential Thought Leaders. His opinions are regularly featured in the media.

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