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I bought land and built a rental house. I have upfront fees which appear on the pro Forma account of the transferring lawyers. Such expenses are :

Registration fee. 6 months Municipal Rates upfront. Rates clearance certificate fee. Transfer duty. Deeds office registration fee. FICA verification. Lodging agents fee and postage. Sundry expenses (phone calls, postage, file storage fee, printing, photocopying, emails and faxes). Fee for consent to transfer from HOA. Paid management for HOA consent and levy figures. 1 months HOA levy. Paid Legalsuite electronic facilitation fee. Total of fees including VAT of R1705. 90 = R22,469. 35. Further I had to pay for the electricity connection. But to this account was an unexpected expense called 'demand component' which as far as I am concerned has nothing at all to do with the building of the house. The total for this account was just under R20,000. 00. Are these fees deductible from the rental income or from other disposable income should there be a shortfall?

Many thanks for an interesting and informative page. .

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
25 February 2015 at 6:19

Was that extra amount part of trying to reconnect the electricity - what exactly was it for?


Confused says:
25 February 2015 at 21:53

After inquiring about the demand component expense, I was told that it is money that the municipality uses to lay electricity to areas that do not have power. Which I can only assume means that they are trying to find cash to get poor people onto the grid. The account that I paid clearly states two amounts. One for 'connection fees' which physically ties the wires to each other to get the power to the house and another expense which is the 'demand component'. Its like a compulsory tax. The account states that the connection will not be done until the full account is paid for.


TaxTimTaxTim says:
26 February 2015 at 21:06

This seems likes it would have to be a part of the capital cost, you cannot receive electricity without it making the property useless to you therefore these costs need to be added to the base cost of the property which will reduce capital gain when you sell the property one day.


Confused says:
26 February 2015 at 21:42

Thank you. I'll add it to the base cost. I guess all the lawyers costs and fees, as well as the rates and levies paid in advance before the building construction began are also part of the base cost?


TaxTimTaxTim says:
26 February 2015 at 21:50

Yes these would be included in the capital cost as well.


Confused says:
26 February 2015 at 22:33

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
2 March 2015 at 7:40

Fantastic, thanks so much for the positive words and glad we could assist.


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