Tax implications of leasing commercial premises

Leasing commercial premises, such as an office building, hotels or stores have their own struggles compared to being a residential landlord. Making the correct tax payment and knowing what you can and can’t claim is key in being a successful commercial landlord.

When leasing out a commercial property, you must include the full amount of rent in you earn in your income tax return. You can claim deductions for expense related to renting out the property for the periods it is being rented or is available for rent, such as:

Tax deductions cannot be claimed on:

As a commercial property landlord, you are liable for GST when your property is up for lease if you are registered, or required to be registered for GST. You can claim GST credits on your purchases that relate to renting out your property, such as managing agent’s fees subject to the normal GST credits rules.

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