If you’ve made a major investment in the last financial year, any income made from it will need to be included on your tax return.
Any income earned from investments and asses must be declared in your tax return. This may include amounts from interest, dividends, rental income, managed investment trust credits, crypto assets and capital gains. This income needs to be declared whether you receive it directly or via distributions for a partnership or a trust.
If you, for example, hold the assets that earn the investment income jointly (with another person), it is assumed that the asset's income is divided equally between you, unless it can be proven that the asset is held in unequal proportions.
Six items must be declared in your tax return as income this financial year, including the following:
Interest income includes:
Some dividends may have imputations or franking credits attached. The franked amount and the franking credit must be declared if you receive franking credits on your dividends. If a company pays or credits you with dividends that have been franked, you’ll generally claim a franking tax offset.
Rental Property Income
You must declare the full (gross) amount of any rent and rent-related payments you receive. This includes amounts you receive from overseas properties. If you receive goods and services instead of rent, you must work out and declare the monetary value.
To avoid making mistakes involving rental property, it’s best to consult with a tax adviser. This is usually a major red flag area for the ATO, so don’t hesitate to ask for help to avoid compliance issues or declaring for things you shouldn’t.
Crypto Asset Income
You must declare rewards received for staking crypto assets (which is often in the form of additional tokens from holding the original tokens. The money value of the additional tokens needs to be calculated and then converted into Australian dollars at the time they were received. These are reported in ‘other income’ in the tax return.
If you receive crypto via air drop, this is income when you received them based on the money value of the already established tokens. Occasionally, some crypto projects ‘airdrop’ new tokens to existing holders to increase the supply. Whatever amount is received needs to be converted into Australian dollars and declared as other income.
Report capital gains and capital losses in your tax return. You can offset any allowable capital losses against your capital gains to work out your net capital gain or loss. You pay tax on a net capital gain. If you have a net capital loss, you can retain the loss to offset capital gains in future years.
To avoid any issues with your tax return this financial year, especially involving investment-related income, start your tax journey with us today. We can help uncomplicate the process for you.
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