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Claiming occupancy expenses if your home business and cgt.

11home business and cgt

The implications of your home business and cgt needs to be considered if your home is regarded as a place of business.

Typically many small businesses operate their business out of the home. Especially since the onset of covid.

Occupancy expenses you can claim

In this case, then you are entitled to claim home occupancy expenses if you are running a business.

If you use some or all of your business from your home, you may be able to claim tax deductions for home-based business expenses in the following categories:

  • occupancy expenses (such as mortgage interest or rent, council rates, land taxes, house insurance premiums)
  • running expenses (such as electricity, phone, the decline in value of plant and equipment, furniture and furnishing repairs, cleaning)
  • the expenses of motor vehicle trip between your home and other locations, if the travel is for business purposes.

A home-based business is one where your home is also your principal place of business. That is, you run your business at or from home and have a room or space set aside exclusively for business activities.

Where you are renting a home, then there are no cgt implications

Where you are operating as a Trust or a Company, you cant directly claim the interest etc., on the house. However, you are entitled to charge your business rent.

Your claim is based on % of occupancy of your home. Make sure you do a mud map and work out the area allocated. Please don’t include your toilet or kitchen as the ATO considers this material and need it for private purposes.

However, your home will be subject to CGT on the proportion of use and time.

CGT implications upon sale of home if used for business

Selling your home from which you have run your business will make it subject to capital gains tax on the percentage set aside for business multiplied by the period. However, as a small business, you will be able to claim the small business capital gains concession. These concessions may considerably reduce or eliminate the gain.

Please discuss your options with us and keep adequate documentation if the ATO decides to review your claim.