The ATO is becoming increasingly concerned about the rise in claims associated with attending property seminars.

Property seminar costs are only deductible if they are concerned with how to manage your EXISTING rental properties. For example, how to improve rental returns, how to select good managing agents, or which repairs to do to maximise rent. You cannot claim a tax deduction for attending a property seminar that teaches you which property to buy or develop. This would include information about how to leverage the property to buy more investments and strategies for dealing with banks, buyers’ agents and developers.

These costs are usually never deductible, even as a capital cost. If there is a seminar that you are attending that has information about both holding a property and buying more properties, work out the % of the course content and then claim the same % of the cost.

Your accountant will be able to provide you with further information about this.


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