Case study:
An apartment purchased for $700,000

The following scenario shows Rachel’s cash flow both with and without a depreciation claim.

An apartment purchased for $700,000
Scenario without depreciation claim
Annual income ($600 x 52 weeks) $31,200
Annual expenses $46,396
Pre-tax cash flow (expenses less income) -$15,196
Total taxation loss -$15,196
Tax refund (tax loss x tax rate of 37%) $5,623
Annual costs of the investment property (pre-tax cash flow + tax refund) -$9,573
Weekly cost of the investment property -$184
Scenario with depreciation claim of $14,488
Annual income ($600 x 52 weeks) $31,200
Annual expenses $46,396
Pre-tax cash flow (expenses less income) -$15,196
Total taxation loss (pre-tax cash flow + depreciation) -$29,684
Tax refund (tax loss x tax rate of 37%) $10,983
Annual cash flow of the investment property (pre-tax cash flow + tax refund) -$4,213
Weekly cash flow of the investment property -$81
Difference of $103 per week

Before claiming depreciation, Rachel would experience a loss of $184 per week for the first year of ownership for her property. Simply by claiming depreciation, Rachel was able to turn her cash flow into a more positive one, and reduce her loss to just $81 per week. In total, BMT Tax Depreciation saved Rachel $5,360 in the first full financial year.


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The tax depreciation deductions in this case study have been calculated based on the diminishing value method of depreciation and are based upon a first full year of ownership. Marginal tax rates relevant to 2014 – 2015 financial year have been assumed.

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