I bought are block of land 10 years ago, paid in full. I had intention to build house on it but then 3 years ago I used equity in land to buy investment property bonded that land with the investment. My question is can I claim Council rates of that vacant land as are Tax offset against my income and how far back. Also to maintain the block, cut the gras and to travel 265km to get there and same distance to get back home, can I claim travel expenses and to maintain the land. Please help me out as I am not sure.
Dali-TTerrywParticipant@terrywJoin Date: 2001Post Count: 16,016
Did you plan to build a main residence on it or an investment property? Is there a house on it now?
“3 years ago I used equity in land to buy investment property bonded that land with the investment”
Do you mean you used the land as security for a loan used to buy an investment property?
Yes I planed to build are holiday house as are owner builder, got it approved by Council, invested around 70K to start build than I found myself in hot water as couldn’t obtain finance to continue. So I decided to bound that with the investment property and wait until I qualify for loan. My main reidence is in Sydney and the property is in my name, so I never wanted permanently to move once I build. What I wanted is to build are holiday house and rent it out for holidays and use when I wanted. I never claimed any expenses that I had, for example Council rates…Just wondering if I can because this financial Year I paid are lot of Tax… Any advise..I will really appreciate that are lot, Thanks
Dali TTerrywParticipant@terrywJoin Date: 2001Post Count: 16,016
In that case none of the expenses would have been deductible. But keep records of them as some of the costs could be used to reduce CGT when you sell – not the travel costs though.
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