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  • 9 Rent

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    If your partnership is carrying on a business and receiving rental income from that business you are required to complete this item. To determine whether you are carrying on a business, see TR 97/11 Income tax: am I carrying on a business of primary production?

    If the only income you derived jointly (or in common) with another person was:

    • rent from a jointly owned property
    • interest from a jointly held account
    • dividends from jointly held shares

    and you were not in a partnership carrying on a business, do not show any rental income or deductions at this item. Show your share of the rental income or deductions at item 21 Rent of your Tax return for individuals (supplementary section) 2019.

    Income tests require each partner to report their share of the partnership rental property income or loss. If the rental income is merely investment income and not partnership business income, this should be reported in your individual income tax return at item 21 for rental income or losses. If your rental income is partnership business income, you are required to complete item 9, and show your net rental property income or loss at item 50 and your share of net rental property income or loss at item 51. For more information, see item 50 Income tests.

    Former STS taxpayers still using the STS accounting method

    If the partnership is eligible and has chosen to continue using the STS accounting method, base the gross rent at F, interest deductions at G, and general deductions and repairs included at H on the STS accounting method. For more information, see continued use of the STS accounting method.

    Small business entities

    Depreciating assets used in rental properties are generally excluded from the small business entity depreciation rules on the basis the assets are part of property that is subject to a depreciating asset lease. For more information, see the Small business entity concessions.

    Gross rent

    Show at F the gross amount of rental income. This item cannot be a loss.

    Rental income includes booking or letting fees, bond monies if the partnership becomes entitled to retain them, any insurance payouts that compensate for lost or forgone rent, and reimbursements from tenants of deductible expenses incurred.

    If the partnership is registered for GST, and GST is payable for rental income, exclude the GST from gross rent at F.

    Show rent from foreign sources at item 23 Other assessable foreign source income.

    Lease premium received from a CGT event

    A capital gain or a capital loss made from the receipt of a lease premium is shown on each partner’s own tax return.

    For more information about CGT events involving leases, see the Guide to capital gains tax 2019.

    Interest deductions

    If borrowed monies are used to finance a property investment, interest paid on the borrowing generally is deductible.

    However, the thin capitalisation rules may apply to reduce interest deductions. These rules place a limit on the amount of interest and other borrowing costs that can be deducted for Australian tax purposes; for more information see Appendix 3. The disallowed amount reduces the amount that would otherwise be included at G.

    If the TOFA rules apply to the partnership, include all interest expenses incurred on monies borrowed to finance a property from financial arrangements subject to the TOFA rules at G.

    Show at G the total deductible amount of interest expense incurred in earning the rental income.

    Capital works deductions

    Show at X the total capital works deductions amount for rental buildings and structural improvements, such as fences, retaining walls and sealed drive ways. For information on capital works deductions, see Appendix 5. You can also work out your capital works deductions by using the Depreciation and capital allowances tool.

    Other rental deductions

    Show at H the total of other deductible expenses incurred in earning rental income.

    If the partnership is registered for GST, and GST is payable for rental income, exclude any input tax credit entitlements that arise for expenses from the amount shown at H.

    Expenses listed here that are costs associated with borrowing and servicing debt may not be allowable deductions under the thin capitalisation rules. For more information, see Appendix 3. The disallowed amount reduces the amount that would otherwise be shown at H.

    Deductions for the decline in value of depreciating assets used to earn rental income are generally shown at H. However, if the partnership has allocated some of these assets to a low-value pool, you may need to show deductions at item 18 Other deductions. For more information, see Appendix 6.

    Net rent

    Show at this item the net amount of any rent. If this amount is a loss, print L in the box at the right of the amount. For more information, see Rental properties 2019 (NAT 1729).

    Tax agents who lodge partnership tax returns electronically must complete the Rental property schedule 2019 if item 9 Rent is completed. You do not have to complete the schedule if you are lodging a paper version of the partnership tax return.

    Last modified: 30 May 2019QC 58661