What expenses are claimable if my house is in a Trust?
Question from Mark Marcijasz updated on 2nd October 2007:
Our expert responded:
As you own your home yourself, you can claim the home office portion of all of your costs eg interest, rates, insurance, telephone, repairs and maintenance. Once your home is transferred into a trust (and I would recommend a different trust to the one that owns your rental properties) then some of the costs such as interest and rates can't be claimed as those costs no longer belong to you. They belong to the Trust. You need to balance the claiming of these costs against the asset protection you get from having your home inside a trust.
Kenina Court is a director of Acorn Solutions Limited, an accounting firm dedicated to working with clients to help them create wealth. She is an avid property investor, entrepreneur and seminar presenter on asset protection and wealth strategies.