The good news is, when refinancing an investment property, the costs involved in setting up a loan and exiting it are generally tax deductible.
Tax Deductible Refinancing Costs
There are two main areas of tax deductions that can be claimed when you are refinancing, these are the start-up borrowing costs - including loan application fees, legal fees, lenders mortgage insurance, stamp duty and loan registration costs - and/or the exit fees and penalties.
However, it’s important to note that you will not receive the refund for these costs immediately. These borrowing costs can be claimed on tax incrementally over the first five years of ownership. But if you sell or refinance the property within that time period, you should be able to claim the remaining tax deductions straight away.
Information for tax returns
As with all tax deductions, it is important to maintain records and documentation of all bank statements and receipts. Your bank will be able to provide you with a statement of costs which outlines your refinancing fees for tax purposes.
In order to maximise your tax return speak to a tax professional, who can help you with the paperwork.
If now’s the time to refinance, speak to an Aussie Broker who can help you find the right loan.