ATO WARNS RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS CORONAVIRUS, BUSHFIRES AND FLOODS DO NOT MEAN THEY CAN AVOID TAX

 

Rental property owners that have had their mortgage repayments deferred due to COVID-19 can still claim the interest on their tax bills, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) says.

But those that have been awarded insurance payouts for loss of rental income due to COVID-19, bushfires or floods will still be taxed on it.

The agency is also reminding people this tax time that, under laws which passed Federal Parliament last year, they cannot claim deductions for vacant land even if they are building it to rent out.

More than 2.2 million Australians claimed $50 billion in rental deductions in 2017-18.

The agency contacts about 150,000 taxpayers, or their agents, each year about their rental claims.

In 2017-18, more than 9,000 people either amended their returns themselves or had their returns amended by the ATO as part of an audit.

These amendments added up to more than $25 million clawed back by the agency.

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