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  • Acquisition and disposal costs

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    You cannot claim a deduction for the costs of acquiring or disposing of your rental property. Examples of expenses of this kind include the purchase cost of the property, conveyancing costs and advertising expenses. However, if you acquired the property after 19 September 1985, these costs may form part of the cost base of the property for capital gains tax purposes. See also Capital gains tax.

    Example
    Acquisition costs

    The Johnsons purchased a rental property for $170 000 in July 2000. They also paid surveyor's fees of $350 and stamp duty of $750 on the transfer of the property. None of these expenses is deductible against the Johnsons' rental income. However, in addition to the $170 000 purchase price, the incidental costs of $350 and $750, totalling $1100, will be included in the cost base of the property.

    This means that when the Johnsons dispose of the property, the cost base of $171 100 ($170 000 + $1100) will be taken into account in determining the amount of any capital gain.

    For more information, see the publication Guide to capital gains tax.

    Last modified: 28 Jul 2003QC 16187