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Income tax strategies for real estate investors: Maximising deductions and minimising liabilities

Real estate investors can optimise income tax through careful tracking of deductible costs to diminish taxable income

Income tax strategies for real estate investors: Tax planning is fundamental to building wealth through real estate.Premium
Income tax strategies for real estate investors: Tax planning is fundamental to building wealth through real estate.

For both seasoned and new investors, real estate investment's changing dynamics highlight the balance between profits and liabilities. Mastering tax optimization is key to maximizing your real estate portfolio's potential. Tax planning is fundamental to building wealth through real estate.

Deduction Dominance

This could boost housing demand and drive up prices in a specific area. Effective tax management involves considering deductible costs. Gunjan Goel, Managing Director at Goel Ganga Developments, stated, "By tracking all eligible charges, investors can reduce taxable income and maximize accrual."

He emphasised that every expense, including mortgage interest, property tax, insurance, and maintenance, contributes to achieving full tax deductions for investors.

Depreciation

Besides utilising tax-saving methods, depreciation emerges as a potent tool for real estate investors.

Aman Gupta, Director at RPS Group, highlights this crucial strategy: "Depreciation allows you to leverage your property's value to reduce taxable income annually, offering a genuine tax shield for organizations." By employing accelerated depreciation methods and strategic asset selection and timing, investors retain a substantial portion of their assets while benefiting from tax incentives.

Reinvestment

It's an appeal to investors who want to reinvest profits and defer tax payments. Ashish Aggarwal, Director at Acube Ventures, explains, "By swapping one investment property for another of equal or greater value, you can delay paying capital gains tax and use saved money for reinvestment." This tool enables investors to expand their portfolios and sustain growth while minimizing tax burdens.

Entity Selection

Agam Gupta, Executive Director at Share India Fincap Pvt. Ltd., noted, "Each business structure—be it sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability company—has distinct tax implications." Investors can strategically select their preferred entity based on factors like income levels, asset protection needs, and long-term goals.

Aman Gupta further explains that careful management of depreciation classes can trigger depreciation. He states, "Identifying and reclassifying stock as personal property or land improvements can accelerate tax savings significantly." However, this process requires the expertise of competent securities market professionals but can yield worthwhile investment returns.

Also Read: Income tax benefits on second home loan — Explained

Professional guidance

Understanding dynamic regulations can seem overwhelming. Ashish stresses the significance of seeking professional advice: "By assembling a team of tax advisors and financial consultants, you can access invaluable insights to ensure compliance and maximize tax benefits tailored to your needs."

In real estate investing, success isn't solely about acquiring property and its appreciation, but also about strategic wealth preservation and growth planning. The saying "It’s not what you earn, it’s what you spend" underscores the core principle of successful real estate investment.

Disclaimer: The views and recommendations made above are those of individual analysts, and not of Mint. We advise investors to check with certified experts before taking any investment decisions.

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Published: 20 Apr 2024, 08:51 AM IST
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