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Can renovation costs be considered maintnance costs?

Posted 5 July 2014 under Tax Q&A


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I use my home as a home office and to this end, claim office expenses (15% of household expenses such as levies, electricity, insurance etc). I did some major renovations during the last tax year, can I claim a portion (15%) of these renovation costs as a maintenance cost?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
5 July 2014 at 20:08

Did you renovate as part of an improvement to the home or did you repair?

Butternut says:
5 July 2014 at 20:16

An improvement to the home.

TaxTim TaxTim says:
5 July 2014 at 20:19

Unfortunately not, these will count as part of the base cost of the house and reduce the capital gain when you sell it which will then reduce the capital gains tax.

Butternut says:
5 July 2014 at 20:31

Ok, cool. Thanks very much :-)

TaxTim TaxTim says:
5 July 2014 at 20:33

Only a pleasure!


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