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Case Study

A New Granny Flat Built By Owner for $130,000

By ordering a Duo Tax depreciation schedule and claiming depreciation on her newly built granny flat, Charlotte went from generating under $100 weekly income to generating over $100 weekly income.
Newly built properties, including granny flats, generally offer significant tax deductions, so she ended up saving $2,701 in her first year of owning the granny flat.
Here's how.

The Numbers: Charlotte’s Granny Flat Property

Here are some figures regarding Charlotte’s investment property:
Purchase Type
she builds a granny flat for $130,000 one year ago and rented it out immediately,
Rent
her yearly rental amounted to $19,400 per year - which is a weekly rental of $370,
Expenses
the property’s expenses amounted to $12,323, covering her interest repayments, management fees, rates and maintenance.

Because Charlotte built a brand new granny flat, she 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 Charlotte’s cash position with and without depreciation in her first year of owning the property. 

According to her Duo Tax depreciation schedule, Charlotte could claim $7,300 in depreciation in her first year.

Newly Built Granny Flat for $130,000

Charlotte’s numbers without a depreciation claim

Annual Income
(370 x 52 weeks)
$19,400
Annual Expenses
$12,323
Pre-tax: Net Income
Income minus expenses: $19,400 - $12,323)
$6,917
Total taxation loss
$2,559
Tax Refund
(tax loss x 37% tax rate)
$0
Annual costs of the investment property
[net income + tax refund: ($2,559) + $0]
$4,358
Weekly income
$84

Charlotte’s numbers with a depreciation claim of $3,151

Annual Income
(370 x 52 weeks)
$19,400
Annual Expenses
$12,323
Pre-tax: Net Income
Income minus expenses: $19,400 - $12,323)
$6,917
Total taxation loss
[net income + depreciation: ($6,917) + ($3,151)]
-$383
Tax Refund
(tax loss x 37% tax rate)
$142
Annual costs of the investment property
Total taxation loss [net income + depreciation: ($6,917) + ($142)]
$7,509
Weekly income
$136
Difference of $52 per week/ $3,151 per year

Without depreciation, Charlotte was only generating $84 of profit from her newly built granny flat. However, by taking advantage of the Australian Tax Office’s tax breaks and making a depreciation claim, she started generating $136 each week - which is $52 more than before her depreciation claim.

This means that Duo Tax saved Charlotte a total of $3,151 in her first year after building her granny flat. 

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

Here’s How Much You Could Be Claiming

As you can see from Charlotte’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.

Our Duo Tax Rental Property Depreciation Calculator is free, so make sure to check it out!

Organise Your Depreciation Schedule Today!

Step 1

Qualify your Property

Call us and we will ask you a few simple questions to qualify your investment property.
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Step 2

Order a Tax Depreciation Schedule

Order over the phone or via our online form and we will begin preparing your depreciation schedule.
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Step 3

Claim Maximum Deductions

Within approx. 5-10 business days your personalised report will be delivered to you and your accountant.
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