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    You can claim a deduction for most expenses you incur for your rental property in respect of the period it is rented or available for rent in the income year. However, unless specified, you cannot claim expenses of a capital or private nature.

    For each of the labels D to V on the schedule you need to work out your deductible expense. To do this you subtract any non-deductible expenses from the total amount you have for each category of expense. Write the deductible amount in the relevant boxes. If you do not have any expenses for a particular label, leave the boxes blank.

    Use the worksheet to do your calculations -see example 1. See examples 2-4 for some typical situations where a portion only of the expenses may be deductible. You will find more information and helpful examples in Rental properties 2003.

    Example 1: Using the worksheet: how to work out your deductible expense for label L - Interest on loans.

    Louise took out a loan of $500,000. She used $300,000 (60% of the loan) to purchase a rental property and the remainder, $200,000 (40%), to pay for renovations to her private residence. The interest charged on her loan for the income year was $2,500.

    Louise would use the worksheet to help fill out label L of her schedule, Interest on loan(s), as follows:

    Step 1

    Louise would write the total interest charged on the loan during the income year ($2,500) in the Total expenses column of the worksheet at row L.

    Step 2

    Louise would calculate the non-deductible portion of the interest, that is, the portion of interest that relates to the part of the loan she used for private purposes. She used 40% of the loan for private purposes, so 40% of the $2,500 interest is non-deductible, that is, $1,000. Louise would write $1,000 in the Non-deductible expense column on the worksheet at row L.

    Step 3

    Louise would subtract her non-deductible interest from her total interest (that is, $2,500 − $1,000) and write the resulting amount, $1,500, in the Deductible expense column.

    Louise's worksheet for row L would look like this:

    Louise's worksheet for row L

    Expense categories

    Total expense

    Non-deductible expense

    Deductible expense


    Interest on loan(s)





    Step 4

    Louise would write $1,500 -the figure in the Deductible expense column of row L of the worksheet – at label L on her Rental property schedule.

    (See the apportionment examples in Rental properties 2003 for further guidance on how to work out your deductible expenses.)

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