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Rental expenses claim. Keeping the ATO happy

Are you claiming rental expenses that might relate to the private use of your rental property?

The ATO has indicated that they intend to review taxpayers who have rental properties.

Who’s on the title is important!

When declaring the property. The ATO will be looking for the persons whose name is on the title to declare the net rental income or loss. This also goes for the eventual gain when sold.

Many think that if they share in the loan liability that this is sufficient. The truth is it is entirely based on ownership and title details.

Beware of the ATO

The ATO’s focus will be looking closely at those taxpayers that incur expenses beyond the norm for their rental property. The ATO will consider these expenses as both excessive and where the rental property is not available for rent but rather used as a holiday home.

The ATO like all of us is aware if you have a holiday home for rental in most cases there is a big chance you will use it for your personal use.

Travel to and from your holiday home or rental property

From 1st July 2017 travel expenses to your travel holiday home were legislated to be disallowed. (note this does not apply to commercial properties).

The ATO has previously been on the public record stating that they will take a keen interest in the interest expense claims. They will look to see if the property is available for continuous rent vs the percentage of the expense claim. Remember also you can only claim interest from the time it’s available to rent and not before.

Further, those taxpayers who have drawdown additional funds against their investment loan or refinanced will need to ensure the loan interest claim reflects the proportion % of the original loan.

Those using loan offset accounts should be okay

Adjust for private use on rental expenses

Make sure that if the property is used for private use then the property expenses are proportionately claimed accordingly.

The same goes for low rental, not arms-length, adjustments also apply.

The ATO has technological ways to check taxpayers’ stories, including real estate sites, social media and other sources such as water and electricity accounts. Take care when claiming and if in doubt please check with us.

Rental properties are still a great investment. We are now seeing many of the rental schedules being positive rather than negative gearing. This is entirely due to low-interest rates and high rentals.

We encourage you to contact us if you are purchasing a new property and let’s discuss who should hold the property and what claims can be made

11Payinga Franked Dividend

Can my Company pay a Franked Dividend?

Franked Dividends are recognising tax paid by the Company and transferring the tax as a credit when the Company pays Profit to shareholders.

Running your own Company will mean that as a shareholder you will want to access these profits. This is done as a Dividend. In simple terms your company is a money box and the only way to get it out as a shareholder is to pay profits as a Dividend. This will either be paid to you as a Franked or unfranked Dividend.

Profits to shareholders can be paid from the Company retained profits as a dividend.

A company pays distributions to its members. Shareholder members may be individuals or other entities such as your family trust. The amount of a dividend allocated will depend upon a number of shares you hold and the percentage of ownership.

What is a Franked Dividend and a Franking Credit?

Your Company, after paying a paid tax payment, either in the form of a company tax instalment or year-end company tax, will record these amounts as franking credits in the Company Franking Account.

Presently the Company Tax rate is set at 26%

When the Company issues a dividend, it will issue a distribution or dividend statement to each shareholder member.

The dividend statement is then given to each shareholder who receives a distribution outlining their entitlement.

Dividends paid by your company can be either Franked Dividend or an un-franked Dividend. The franking amount will depend upon the availability of tax paid by the company in the company’s franking account. When no company tax has been paid by the company a franked dividend may not be paid. Therefore, the Company may choose to issue a dividend, as un-franked.

The Dividend statement will show the amount of franking credit attached to the distribution. The statement will also show the extent to which it’s franked. Only resident taxpayers of Australia can claim a tax offset for a franking credit attached to a dividend.

Non-resident taxpayers, receiving a franked distribution are exempt from withholding tax in Australia. This is to the extent that it’s franked. Therefore, if it is 100% franked there is no final tax to pay or declare as a non-resident.

We recommend reviewing your Company’s Retained Profits regularly. Leaving large profits in retained earnings can lead to tax problems down the track when you decide you need to access these profits. Regular Dividends can eliminate the problem of tax implications being paid out in large Dividends.

Grossing up your Dividend in your tax return.

An individual shareholder in your Company will pay you a dividend. The franked dividend from the Company must include the amount together with any franking credit as declared taxable income. This is known as Grossing up your Dividend.

Receiving a franked divided also entitles you to a tax offset equal to the” franking credit amount. For tax purposes, this effectively means any tax up to 26% on the income will result in a neutral result.

A tax offset can result in a refund or excess tax payable. The tax may result in the need to pay additional tax liability on the distribution. When this happens, it is known as ‘top-up’ tax.

Taxpayers with lower taxable incomes can receive a refund of all or almost all the franking credits. This will be dependent on their income position.

As your accountant, we try and work with you to obtain the best result for your tax position. Managing how you declare your declared Frank Dividends using the right tax opportune time. The aim is to help smooth out your tax position and reduce your retained earnings in the Company.

Contact us for help 03 9597 9966

11Small business accoutants

Do you need a Proactive Small Business Accountant based in Melbourne?

When you need a  Small business accountant who can provide you with advice that you can act on, talk to Gartly advisory

Small Business Accountants

Gartly Advisory is a passionate small business accountant. We help the businesses that grow and provide you with timely information to work fast in this challenging environment.

Taking a proactive approach to your needs, we can work with you to help you meet your taxation and business advice needs

Our team can help you make sure your accounting system runs like a racing car, ready for the following formula one.

Accounting software no worries we use all types

Our hands-on approach can look under the bonnet for any of the popular accounting packages such as XERO, MYOB, Quickbooks, and any other program for that matter. In addition, we encourage our clients to ensure their records are accurate so timely decisions can be made. The moving parts of small business, you the business owner and having a trusted business adviser

Running a small business, big or small, can be taxing and sometimes lonely. You will need the support of a Chartered Accountant to help you work through the maze of situations that confront you as a small business owner.

We are here for you and help many small business owners make profitable decisions, reinforce that you are doing things right or be a second set of eyes to help you find a way forward

We use data analysis to help you make your next move to make an informed decision. We also encourage our clients to plan and explore what their business can deliver in value and freedom.

Please book an appointment with Geoff Gartly and his team

We are  one of the best  small business tax advisers and accountants based  in Melbourne

Start a fresh journey with a proactive accountant.

We’re always happy to discuss your needs and your business objectives Call (03) 9597 99667

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