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Construction expenditure

Last updated 12 February 2019

Construction expenditure includes:

  • preliminary expenses such as architect’s fees, engineering fees, foundation excavation expenses and costs of building permits
  • costs of structural features that are an integral part of the income-producing building or income-producing structural improvements, for example, lift wells and atriums
  • some portion of indirect costs.

For an owner-builder entitled to a deduction under Division 43 of the ITAA 1997, the value of their contributions to the works (that is, labour or expertise and any notional profit element) do not form part of construction expenditure. See TR 97/25 - Income tax: property development: deduction for capital expenditure on construction of income producing capital works, including buildings and structural improvements.

Construction expenditure does not include expenditure on:

  • acquiring land
  • demolishing existing structures
  • clearing, levelling, filling, draining or otherwise preparing the construction site before carrying out excavation work
  • landscaping
  • plant
  • property or expenditure for which a deduction is allowable or would be allowable if the property were to be used for the purpose of producing assessable income under another specified provision of the ITAA 1936 or the ITAA 1997.