Frequently Asked Questions

In this members only area, we deal with some of the most common questions asked by our members and provide common sense answers to help you understand the issues that relate to you.

Our Question & Answer covers the important areas of:

  • Australian Property Ownership
  • Australian Property Taxation
  • Australian Expatriate Taxation
  • Australian Migration Taxation
  • Australian Property Finance

Each question is answered by the appropriate expert in that area, and we are happy to take your questions via email on general issues, provided that you don't mind sharing the answers with your fellow members.

If you have a question, please email it to feedback@aussieproperty.com.

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We will be sending our children to study in Australia soon, is it best to buy or rent somewhere for them to stay? click for answer

I want to invest some money and wondering if it is better to have shares or property? click for answer

I have a property in Australia but it isn’t making me any money. Do I have to lodge a tax return? click for answer

I have recently got a letter asking if I need to pay Land Tax on my Australian property, what is this for? click for answer

I heard that I need to get a Valuation on my property due to changes in the Australian Budget. click for answer

I have bought a house in Australia that will be my home eventually. When I go back how long do I have to live in it to become tax free? click for answer

I have heard that fixed interest rates in Australia are lower than the floating rate on my loan. How can that be possible? click for answer

I have heard I can claim my airfares back to Australia against my tax, is this true? click for answer

We have been renting our house out in Australia for a while but we are moving home soon to live in it. What expenses can we claim in tidying up the property before we move in? click for answer

I recently received a penalty notice from the Australian Tax Office for not lodging my tax return. Is there anything I can do about this? click for answer

I bought a property in Australia and my mother is living in it, can I claim my interest in my taxes? click for answer

I have recently got a letter asking if I need to pay Land Tax on my Australian property, what is this for? click for answer

I will be moving to Australia shortly and expect to be receiving an inheritance soon after I arrive, what Inheritance Tax will I have to pay? click for answer

I have been offered an “interest only” repayment on my Australian property loan. Is this a good idea? click for answer

I am thinking of moving back to Australia some time soon. When is the best time to return from a tax perspective? click for answer

I want to make a donation to the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal, is it tax deductable? click for answer

I have some shares in the UK, will they be taxable if I move to Australia? click for answer

I was thinking about buying a property in Australia but I am put off by the strong Australian dollar. Is it worth waiting for the dollar to weaken?  click for answer

I have some shares in the UK, will they be taxable if I move to Australia? click for answer

How much can I borrow to purchase my Australian property? click for answer

I am 60 years old, what sort of loan can I get? click for answer

We have a holiday home in Australia, do we have to pay tax on it? click for answer

What sort of fees do I have on my Australian property loan? click for answer

Can I get a loan to buy an Australian property if I am living overseas? click for answer

I was thinking about buying a property in Australia but I am put off by the strong Australian dollar. Is it worth waiting for the dollar to weaken? click for answer

I bought an Australian property off the plan, When should I start arranging my finance? click for answer

Should I fix my interest rate on my Australian Property loan? click for answer

What is Lenders Mortgage Insurance? click for answer

How much deposit do I need to buy an Australian property? click for answer

I'm getting nervous about Australias rising interest rates. Should I switch my loan from variable rate to a fixed interest rate? click for answer

I am moving back to Australia soon and intend on living in my property before I sell it, how long do I have to live in it so that it becomes tax free?  click for answer

I have recently received a letter from the Australian Tax Office threatening to tax my foreign income. What should I do?  click for answer

I am thinking of buying a block of land in Australia, what can I claim against my tax? click for answer

We intend to migrate to Australia and considering buying a home there before we leave, are we allowed to do this ? click for answer

I am thinking of putting some money into my Australian Superannuation fund, will I get a tax deduction? click for answer

If I refinance my Australian property loan will I lose my tax deduction? click for answer

I am keeping my home in London, will I be taxed on it? click for answer

I am going to do some renovation on my rental property, what can I claim against my income tax? click for answer

We are getting ready to move down to Australia and I will be transferring some money there shortly. How much tax will I have to pay on that? click for answer

I am going to buy a house in London using some of my loan in Australia, can I claim the interest against my Australian tax? click for answer

I have recently been granted a Permanent Resident Visa for Australia and will be going down to activate it shortly. Will this mean I have to start paying tax in Australia? click for answer

I have recently been granted a Permanent Resident Visa for Australia and will be going down to activate it shortly. Will this mean I have to start paying tax in Australia? click for answer

I just bought a property in Australia using a Buyers Agent, is their fee tax deductable?  click for answer

I am thinking of paying off some of my Australian investment property loan to save some interest, is this a good idea? click for answer

I have a property in Australia in just my name and I want to give half to my new wife. Is there any problem doing this? click for answer

I'm heading back to live in Australia soon and am afraid my savings will be taxed when I return. Should I sell my investment portfolio before I go back? click for answer

I recently sold some shares in Australia, do I have to pay tax on my profits? click for answer

I am considering buying my home in Australia that I will live in when I return, is this a good idea? click for answer

My property agent has suggested that I spend some money and renovate my apartment, is this a good idea? click for answer

I have heard I can claim my airfares back to Australia against my tax, is this true? click for answer

I am living out of Australia and have just started renting a property I own in Australia so understand I'll be liable for Australian tax. Will the ATO calculate tax owed on a base income of my Australian rent earnings or on my overseas earnings? click for answer

I have just inherited a house in Australia, do I have to pay any inheritance tax or estate duty? click for answer

I have heard there is a Land Tax on my property in Australia, do I have to pay it? click for answer

I have been offered an interest only repayment on my Australian property loan, is this a good idea? click for answer

We recently bought a house in Australia that we plan to move into on our return home. If we sell it in the future, will we need to pay Capital Gains Tax for the years we lived outside Australia? click for answer

I am keen to buy my first property in Australia, but I have heard that I need 20% deposit, it could take a while for me to do this, is there any other alternative? click for answer

I have some term deposits in Australia that earn interest, do I have to declare them in my tax return and how much tax will I have to pay? click for answer

We moved to Singapore last December, do we need to lodge an Australian Tax return? click for answer

I have a loan on my Australian property from a bank in Singapore, is this tax deductible for me in Australia? click for answer

My family live in Australia while I work overseas, does this mean that I will be taxed in Australia? click for answer

I have heard the Australian Budget announced changes to tax Australians working abroad, how will this impact on me? click for answer

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