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COVID-19 and SMSF rental relief

The Federal Government announced a six-month moratorium on evictions of commercial and residential tenants during the COVID-19 health pandemic. This moratorium (and its accompanying code of conduct leasing principles) will inevitably affect…

Rental property: Tax approach adjusts for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed property owners, and tenants in many cases, in unfamiliar territory. Many tenants have been paying reduced rent or ceased paying because their income has been adversely affected. While rental income may be…

Entering the investment property market

Purchasing a property for investment purposes can involve a different set of considerations compared to purchasing a home to live in. Here are some tips to get you started. Which rental market? First, decide if your property will cater…
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The property versus shares debate

In times of boom and bust, it’s hard to have a rational discussion about different assets. Opinions tend to move to the extremes. We hear statements such as “shares are too risky but you can’t lose with property” or “the property…
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6 tips for investing in property

We are often asked if it is a good time to invest in residential property. Quite simply there is no yes or no answer to this question. The real question you need to ask yourself is, “is this the right time to invest in property for me?” There…
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Renovating? Be careful not to over-capitalise.

Perhaps due to the popularity of do-it-yourself (DIY) television programs, home renovations are big business. The rewards are there, but watch out for the hidden costs – and we’re not talking about fancy tap-wear! Australians in increasing…
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How much do I need to start investing?

Far from being the realm of the rich, building an investment portfolio is something that most people can do. It can start as a simple savings plan – a few dollars in the bank – before expanding into a diversified portfolio containing a…

Rental property owners: Top 10 tips to avoid common tax mistakes

The ATO is reminding rental property owners that each year it sees some fairly common mistakes being made with tax claims, and the outcomes that result, in regard to investment properties. It has therefore released a list of the top 10 stumbles,…

The tax Airbnb hosts must know to avoid a nasty shock

One of the success stories of the sharing economy has been Airbnb, which matches private accommodation to potential renters. But getting involved in letting part of your home through Airbnb can deliver a nasty, and little understood, tax sting. Broadly,…