Case Study

A New House Purchased for $680,000

By ordering a Duo Tax depreciation schedule and claiming depreciation on his brand new property, Luke went from being in a negative cash flow position to generating some positive cash flow from his investment property.
Brand new properties generally offer significant tax deductions, so he ended up saving $6,031 in his first year of owning the property!
Here's how.
A New House Purchased for $680,000

The Numbers: Luke’s Investment Property

Here are some figures regarding Luke’s investment property:

Type of Purchase

he purchased a brand new house for $680,000 one year ago and rented it out immediately.


his yearly rental amounted to $29,120 per year - which is a weekly rental of $560.


the property’s expenses amounted to $36,576, covering his interest repayments, management fees, rates and maintenance.

Because Luke invested in a brand new property, he can claim deductions for the depreciation on the property’s plant and equipment (Division 40 assets) and the property’s capital works (Division 43) deductions.

Without Depreciation vs With Depreciation Services

The following cost breakdown shows Luke’s cash position with and without depreciation in his first year of owning the property. 

According to his Duo Tax depreciation schedule, Luke could claim $16,300 depreciation in his first year. 

A Brand New House Purchased for $680,000

Luke’s numbers without a depreciation claim

Annual Rental Income
$560 x 52 weeks
Annual Property Expenses
Net Income (Pre-tax)
Income minus expenses: $29,120 - $36,576
Total Taxation Loss With No Depreciation
Tax Refund
Tax loss x tax rate: -$7,456 x 37%
Annual Costs of the Investment Property
Net income + tax refund: (-$7,456) + $2,759
Weekly loss

Luke’s numbers with a depreciation claim of $6,031

Annual Rental Income
$560 x 52 weeks
Annual Property Expenses
Net Income (Pre-tax)
Income minus expenses: $29,120 - $36,576
Total Taxation Loss With Depreciation
Net income + depreciation: (-$7,456) + ($6,031)
Tax Refund
Total Taxation Loss x Tax Rate: -$23,756 x 37%
Annual Income from the Investment Property
Net Income + Tax refund: (-$7,456) + ($8,790)
Weekly income
Difference of $116 per week / $6,031 per year

Without depreciation, Luke had to pay $90 out of his own pocket each week. However, by taking advantage of the Australian Tax Office’s tax breaks and making a depreciation claim, Luke went from covering the loss to actually generating $26 each week. 

This means that Duo Tax was able to save Luke a total of $6,031 in his first year of owning the investment property. 

The great thing about his depreciation schedule is that it’s valid for up to 40 years! So, Luke can continue saving money each year, as long as he continues to own the property.

Here’s How Much You Could Be Claiming

As you can see from Luke’s scenario, tax depreciation schedules can make a significant difference in an investor’s cash flow each year.

However, if you’re still feeling unsure about committing to ordering a depreciation schedule, we have designed a tax depreciation calculator to help you estimate what you could potentially claim on tax depreciation.

This is an accounting tool designed to help estimate and calculate the declining value of capital works and plant and equipment assets and relies on accurate figures to present accurate estimations.
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