Recent changes to Australian tax law mean that individuals, self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) and “private” trusts and partnerships can longer claim tax deductions for non-business travel costs related to their residential rental properties

Such costs also cannot form part of the cost base or reduced cost base of a CGT asset.

The ATO has issued guidance to make it clear that tax deductions are only permitted for taxpayers who incur this kind of travel expense as a necessary part of Business-to-business (B2B) sales, where a business sells low value goods to a recipient business that is registered for GST, are excluded from the regime.

Tip: The New Zealand Government has also recently proposed to levy GST on goods valued under the country’s current threshold of NZ$400.