William Buck Australia
As a fully integrated firm of Chartered Accountants and advisors, William Buck provides a complete solution. Putting you at the core of the business, our advisors work together to ensure that careful consideration is given to your business and personal wealth affairs.
Working closely with you and your team, our Business Advisors can help you plan and implement contemporary business strategies and practices to meet your business’s full potential.
Our commercially minded tax specialists offer clear, responsive advice to manage your tax risk, address local and international issues, and develop strategies to optimise your tax position.
Our audit team has extensive experience in a range of engagements, giving stakeholders independent and objective assurance on financial information, transactions and processes.
Our Corporate Advisory team provides objective, strategic and commercial advice across a broad range of business issues. Our work spans the breadth each engagement from the origination of ideas to managing the transaction process, valuation and structuring.
Our highly experienced team of liquidators and trustees use their extensive expertise to assist in times of financial distress, achieving the best outcome for all stakeholders.
By understanding not only what you want to achieve but why it’s important, our wealth advisors can create strategies attuned to your key priorities. The end result is a plan focused on your life goals.
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William Buck has a team of professionals with specialist experience and know-how on a range of industry sectors.
Our advisors understand the risks and opportunities unique to the agribusiness sector. Taking a strategic view of your operations they provide relevant guidance and advice.
Assisting public and private schools, vocational colleges, universities and private training providers, our education specialists provide timely and valuable assurance services together with strategic, financial and management advice.
Our Government and public sector team has substantial experience in assisting all levels of government to review their structures and develop strategies, in line with relevant legislative requirements and accounting and audit standards.
Working with over 1,600 clients in the health sector, our advisors help practitioners and health care corporates achieve their business and personal goals
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Integrity and transparency are at the heart of the best Not for Profit organisations. These values re shared by our dedicated Not for Profit team, which helps entities to establish to improve performance and develop strategies for long-term growth.
Our advisors understand the challenges and opportunities facing the professional services sector first hand. This experience together with our expertise helps to determine your strategic objectives and provide concise, relevant advice to help you achieve your goals.
Our property and construction team assist on a wide range of assignments from property development to construction and large infrastructure projects. Their diverse experience, technical expertise and commercial know-how to help you tackle the important issues.
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With the skills to help tech companies grow from startup to exit – we provide tailored tech company solutions, supported by access to a range of specialists across numerous service lines and industries.
Our transport and distribution team works with businesses to review their operations, improve efficiency and productivity and ensure compliance with the latest regulatory developments.
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Having one mortgage is a commitment in itself, so how do you know if you can tackle another? Adding an investment property to your loan portfolio requires additional discipline and forward planning. With interest rates lingering at record lows, it’s important those taking on another mortgage look beyond the here and now and invest in some long-term thinking.
Positive gearing means your investment property income covers all the associated costs relating to the property, including your mortgage payments and upkeep costs, such as rates and repairs.
Negative gearing is when you have a shortfall between the rental return and the cost of owning the property. You may be able to claim the difference as a loss on your tax return, reducing your taxable income. However, it is wise to speak to your accountant or financial planner to check your personal situation. Note, however, when it comes to loan repayments, you can only claim the shortfall between your rental income and interest charges. You are not allowed to claim any repayments on your principal.
Many Australians opt to negative gear to take advantage of the tax deduction although don’t let this be your single guiding factor. Long-term capital gain that adds to your personal wealth should still be your ultimate investment goal which takes time.
If you decide to negative gear, make sure you budget for interest rate increases, this will stretch the loan gap you have to cover, and it is important to have funds to fall back on to offset any lapses in rent.
On the flip side, a positively geared property may deliver a high rental yield but could lag in capital gain, especially if an apartment in a high-density location. Similarly, make sure you have significant funds to cover any tenant vacancies and be prepared for interest rate increases.
Regardless of whether you gear positively or negatively, research is critical. Look at the location’s annual vacancy rates, average rental yields and historical and predicted property values.
The last federal budget1 restricted what property investors could claim for depreciation on fittings and fixtures in established properties, such as air conditioning, ovens and ceiling fans. In other words, you could once claim depreciation on renovations undertaken by previous owners. Now investors can only claim depreciation on equipment they have bought themselves. The new rules mean new properties are more attractive from a depreciation perspective, with many investors relying on this tax loop to help cover their loan repayments for the first few years. However, depreciation is only part of the financial equation and should be balanced against the property’s long-term potential for rental return and capital growth. Investors need to make sure they have the means to cover their mortgage for when the depreciation write-off dries up.
Be sure to speak to an accountant before you purchase an investment property to understand how the new depreciation rules and other tax laws impact your finances and ability to afford your loan repayments.
Investment lending has tightened in Australia in recent years to help cool the property market and to reduce the risk of over-borrowing and loan defaults. Investment loans now incur higher interest charges and may also require a bigger down payment to lower the loan-to-value ratio (LVR).
Most investors rely on an accumulation of equity in their own home to cover the deposit and purchasing costs (stamp duty, conveyancing etc.) on their first investment property but lenders are now being asked to be more scrupulous when it comes to affordability. As with any loan, you will be asked to demonstrate you have sufficient income to cover the investment repayments, including a reliable rental return.
Many investors go for interest-only loans, which means you will not reduce the loan amount for the term of the interest only period. While this reduces your loan repayments, you will not be paying off the property. Rather, you are relying on the property increasing in value by the time you decide to sell to eventually pay off the loan. While this long-term strategy can reap rewards, it is vital an interest-only loan is the right fit for your individual circumstances – you do not want to be incurring additional interest costs if there is no need. The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is also asking lenders to clamp down on interest-only loans so stringent assessment conditions are now in place.
Talk to us to help source an investment loan that is right for your circumstances. As a broker I bring choice to the table, and with access to loans from multiple lenders and up-to-date knowledge of lending rules, can take the hassle out of navigating what is an ever-changing and increasingly complex landscape for property investors.
One of the biggest mistakes first-time property investors make is blurring their private and investment finances by dipping into their investment loan to cover personal costs. The aim is to leverage your personal finances to improve your investment potential and build wealth. While a redraw facility on a home loan is practical, it can create complexities on an investment loan, especially if you are drawing funds for personal use rather an investment property expenses. Remember, only the interest charges on your investment loan are tax deductible. If you start using your investment loan for personal uses, tax time will be messy and you are likely to attract the attention of the ATO. Importantly, you are also eroding your investment strategy, which is to get ahead financially.
We can help set up the right loan facilities for both your mortgage and your investment loan to ensure each supports your cashflow requirements and investment goals.
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