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  • Ready-to-use Tax Time messages

    Below are a range of messages about tax time, which you can use (or adapt) for your own communication channels such as websites, intranets, newsletters and social media platforms.

    The messages can link directly to information available on the ATO website, other online ATO resources listed in our tax time directory, or the downloadable resources provided in this toolkit.

    There are also a series of images included in your toolkit that can be used with these tax time messages.

    When sharing information about tax time in social media, we also encourage you to ‘tag’ the ATO’s social media profiles and use hashtags such as #taxtime, #TaxTips or #TaxReturn.

    Messages to communicate to rental property owners

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    Suggested article for newsletters, websites and community noticeboards

    If you would like to share information about tax time to rental property owners on your organisation’s website, newsletter or within any other communications, you can use the suggested copy below.

    Get ready for tax time

    Tax time has arrived, and the ATO has a range of practical information available on its website to help rental property owners prepare and lodge your tax return this year.

    There are helpful resources available for rental property owners to understand what can and cannot be claimed as a deduction, and what income needs to be declared.

    Remember three simple steps when preparing your return:

    1. Include all the income you receive

    This includes income from short term rental arrangements (for example, a holiday home), sharing part of your home, and other rental-related income such as insurance payouts and rental bond money you retain.

    2. Get your expenses right

    Eligibility – Claim only for expenses incurred for the period your property was rented or when you were actively trying to rent the property on commercial terms.

    Timing – Some expenses must be claimed over a number of years.

    Apportionment – Apportion your claim where your property was rented out for part of the year or only part of your property was rented out, where you used the property yourself or rented it below market rates. You must also apportion in line with your ownership interest.

    3. Keep records to prove it all

    You should keep records of both income and expenses relating to your rental property, as well as purchase and sale records.

    To help you during tax time this year, download the ATO app which provides information and tools to manage tax affairs on the go – all in one place.

    If you have tax and super questions, you can ask them on ATO CommunityExternal Link, the ATO’s online community forum.

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    Example social media posts for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles

    If your organisation has a social media presence and would like to share information with rental property owners about tax time, you are welcome to adapt these posts to suit your profiles.

    Emoji images shown below can usually be found on social media platforms or be downloaded at websites such as EmojipediaExternal Link.

    Suggested posts for Facebook and Linkedin

    Rental property owners: We understand your tax return can be complex and want to help you get it right this tax time! Visit www.ato.gov.au/rental for more info

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    Tax tip: Whether you rent out part of your home or an entire property, make sure that all of your income is included in your tax return.

    Rental-related income includes:

    • rent payments
    • booking fees you receive
    • rental bond money you’re entitled to retain
    • some insurance payouts.

    Find out more at ato.gov.au/rentalincome

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    Rental property owners: Do you claim deductions for depreciating assets like carpet, curtains, furniture or appliances? Law changes my affect what you can claim on second-hand plant and equipment in your tax return. Get the details at ato.gov.au/rentaldepreciation

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    Attention Rental property owners: Don’t miss out on deductions because of lost receipts or forgotten expenses. Get into the habit of keeping accurate records so you can claim all of the deductions you’re entitled to at tax time.

    Some kinds of records include:

    • contract of purchase and sale
    • proof of all income and expenses
    • periods of private use by you, your family, or friends
    • loan and refinancing documents
    • evidence of steps you took to rent out your property.

    Find out more at ato.gov.au/rental

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    Suggested posts for Twitter

    Tax tip: Is your holiday home a rental property? If you use it for personal use, you can’t claim deductions for tax purposes during that period. For more info about #TaxTime and rental properties, visit ato.gov.au/rental House emoji

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    Tax tip: Have you just bought a rental property? Any improvements or initial repairs you make need to be claimed as capital works, not deductable expenses. For more info about #TaxTime and rental properties, visit ato.gov.au/rental House emoji

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    Tax tip: Renting out a room in your house counts as income. Make sure you include the income you earned and ensure the expenses are correctly apportioned on your tax return. For more info about #TaxTime and rental properties, visit ato.gov.au/rental House emoji

    #AusProperty owners! Don’t miss out on deductions due to forgotten expenses. Find out about record keeping @ ato.gov.au/rental

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