ATO Ruling Information

Posted by | November 18, 2016 | Latest News | No Comments

Tax Ruling Information for Landlords

What is the ATO ruling?

The Australian Tax Office has made a class ruling (which means it is a legal ruling that applies to HomeGround Real Estate Sydney only) that allows landlords who list their property with us at a discounted rental rate (i.e. less than market rent) to effectively claim the gap as a tax deduction at the end of financial year.

How does it work?

At the end of financial year we (HomeGround Real Estate Sydney) will provide you with all of the documents you need to do your tax return – including a tax deductable donation receipt for the amount of rent you have deducted to provide a more affordable property to a tenant or tenants. For example your property is worth $550 at market rent and you decide you only need $450 in rent and want to offer the property to a family in need. We will provide you with a donation receipt for $5200 (made up of the $100 per week in rent you have foregone) from Bridge Housing (our parent organisation).

How does it benefit me?

    • The tax ruling is not designed as a financial incentive but it does recognise your contribution by allowing you to legitimately claim the gap between market rent and any discount you decide you can offer.
    • A discount of just 10% off the market rent can make housing affordable for thousands of people who are otherwise priced out of the market and at risk of homelessness.
    • Please contact your financial adviser or tax accountant for more detailed advice on how this ruling might apply to you and your financial situation. Here is a link to the ATO ruling online that your accountant/adviser can refer to https://www.ato.gov.au/law/view/pdf/pbr/cr2016-042.pdf

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