How a Tax Depreciation Schedule will Help Minimise Your Tax

Kerry Packer famously said ‘I am minimizing my tax and if anybody in this country doesn’t minimize their tax they want their heads read because as a government I can tell you you’re not spending it that well that we should be donating extra’.

Probably the easiest (and often neglected) way to minimise your tax is through a tax depreciation schedule, where it’s not uncommon for us to see an investor better off by at least $20k over the life of their investment loan.

June is the perfect month to start thinking about tax minimisation (before July 1) and a tax depreciation schedule is a ‘no brainer’.

Many people are under the misconception that depreciation is only claimable on new properties and this is simply not true.

We find there are only a few instants where it is not worth getting a depreciation schedule done, but in 95% of cases, we think it’s a valuable option to get a Depreciation Report completed. If you’re not sure, you can discuss your concerns directly with Australian Valuers by calling us on 1800 664 094, or email at

We also offer a minimum claim guarantee to ensure that the report is worth your while. IF YOU DON’T GET BACK DOUBLE YOUR FEE IN YEAR 1 – YOU GET A FULL REFUND

As a property investor, you want to maximize your return, improve your cash flow and minimise your tax.

By having Australian Valuers complete a Depreciation Schedule for you, we know we can reduce your taxable income.

By reducing your taxable income, we can help you create a greater return on your investment.

How does a Depreciation Schedule improve your tax/cash flow?

1. Rules for capital costs

Capital costs or construction costs is the cost to build, extend or renovate a building. This doesn’t include the cost of the land or soft landscaping.

Rates of depreciation are determined by:

  • Type of construction
  • The year the construction was made

Put simply, any construction that was built after 18th July 1985 can be depreciated at 2.5% (or in some cases – 4% if the construction was carried out in a certain time frame).

2. Rules for Plant and Equipment

This include items like:

  • Stove
  • Curtains
  • Carpets or floors

The effective life of any depreciable asset is the length of time (in years) the asset can be used to help you produce an income.

3. Case Study

See below the impact a tax depreciation schedule can have.

Person with Tax Depreciation Schedule Vs Person without

Did Claim Depreciation Didn’t Claim Depreciation
Wage Income $70,000 $70,000
Tax Paid $14,297 $14,297
Rental Income $30,000 $30,000
TOTAL INCOME $100,000 $100,000
Tax Deductions
Interest $22,000 $22,000
Repairs $1,000 $1,000
Rates $2,000 $2,000
Insurance $1,000 $1,000
Depreciation  $11,000
TOTAL DEDUCTIONS $37,000 $26,000
Taxable Income $63,000 $74,000
Tax on Taxable Income $12,022 $15,597
REFUND Refund of $2,269 Owes an additional $1,300 in tax

In the above example, the person that did a tax depreciation schedule, benefitted by $3,569 in the pocket.

Imagine the effect of this over 10 years?

The easiest way to help you understand this is:

  • REPAIRS – are immediate tax deduction
  • IMPROVEMENTS – are depreciable over time

Info Video on Claiming Depreciation and Building Deductions

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