What Expenses Can I Claim When Selling An Investment Property?


There are many individuals who have ventured into the real estate market by purchasing investment properties. However, when it comes time to sell your investment property, it's crucial to understand the tax implications and potential deductions associated with the sale. This article will be discussing the expenses you can claim when selling an investment property. 


Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Considerations


Capital Gains Tax is applied to the profit you make from the sale of your property. However, there are several exemptions and concessions that may reduce your CGT liability. 

The 50% CGT Discount

If you've owned the property for more than 12 months, you may be eligible for a 50% discount on the capital gain. This effectively reduces the taxable portion of your profit.

Main Residence Exemption

If the property was your primary residence at some point during your ownership, you may be eligible for a partial or full CGT exemption.

Small Business Concessions

If you're a small business owner, you may be eligible for CGT concessions when selling a property used for your business.


Deductible Expenses


Interest On Loans

You can claim the interest paid on loans used to purchase or improve the property. This includes mortgage interest and any other loans you've taken for property-related purposes.

Property Management Fees

If you hire a property manager to oversee your investment, their fees are tax-deductible.

Repairs And Maintenance

Costs incurred for repairing and maintaining the property are deductible. This includes fixing plumbing issues, repairing the roof or repainting walls.

Council Rates And Land Tax

These property-related expenses can be substantial and are generally deductible.

Legal And Conveyancing Fees

Any legal fees related to the sale, such as hiring a solicitor or conveyancer, can be deducted.


You can claim depreciation on the building and its fixtures and fittings as a tax deduction.


Capital Expenses


While most expenses related to repairs and maintenance are deductible, capital expenses are treated differently. Capital expenses are typically incurred when you make substantial improvements to the property that increase its value or extend its useful life. 

These expenses aren't deductible in the year they are incurred but can be added to the property's cost base, potentially reducing your CGT liability when you sell the property.

It’s crucial to distinguish between deductible repairs and non-deductible capital expenses. For instance, fixing a leaky roof is considered a repair and is deductible, while adding a new wing to the property would be a capital expense.


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Pre-Sale Costs


Real Estate Agent Fees

The fees you pay to a real estate agent for their services in selling the property are tax-deductible.

Advertising And Marketing Costs

Any expenses associated with promoting the property for sale can be claimed.

Property Valuation Fees

If you obtain a property valuation to determine its market value, these fees can be deducted.


The Timing Of Expenses


It's essential to keep updated records of all expenses related to your investment property. The timing of when you incur these expenses can impact your tax liability. Generally, expenses should be claimed in the financial year they are incurred, which may not necessarily align with the year of sale. Be sure to consult with a tax professional to ensure you're claiming deductions at the most advantageous times.


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Key Takeaways

Understanding the expenses you can claim when selling an investment property is crucial for maximising your returns. The expenses include Capital Gains Tax, loan interest, property fees, capital expenses and pre-sale costs. Keep detailed records of all expenses, consult with a tax professional or accountant and consider the timing of your deductions carefully. 

By doing so, you can navigate the complex tax landscape and make the most of your investment property sale. Remember that tax laws are subject to change, so it's essential to stay up to date and seek expert advice to ensure compliance with the latest regulations. 


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Published on 28th of September 2023 by Davina Deluao
Davina Deluao
Davina Deluao

Davina graduated from Swinburne University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Journalism. Through travelling and studying abroad in NYC and LA, her interests in property and design grew and became a strong pursuit. Davina has been writing for iBuildNew Group since 2019.


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