Everything you need to know about negative gearing

Our comprehensive guide to Australia’s unique tax concession

Negative gearing is a perennial source of debate in Australia. Supporters claim the tax concession bolsters the housing supply, encourages investment and keeps a lid on rents while detractors say it distorts the market and prices out first home buyers.The one thing most people seem able to agree on is that the argument over negative gearing isn’t going away anytime soon.

So what is negative gearing, how does it work and why is it so controversial? Our comprehensive guide provides you all the information you need to know about one of Australia’s favourite sources of debate.

Find out the A-Z of negative gearing

 

Negative gearing icon 1What is negative gearing?


Negative gearing proposed changes image

Our introductory guide introduces you to the ins and outs of this tax strategy and explains how it works.

Negative gearing icon 2What are the benefits of negative gearing?


Negative gearing investment property cash flow positive

A comprehensive case study demonstrates how you can make the strategy work for you.

Negative gearing 3Why negative gearing debates aren't over


arguing hands

The Federal Election may have been decided, but the argument over negative gearing will continue to rage.

Negative gearing icon 1How does Australia stack up to the rest of the world?


Negative gearing proposed changes image

Negative gearing is a fairly unique system. How does it stack up to housing tax concessions in the rest of the world?

Negative gearing icon 2Can negative gearing equal positive cash flow?


Negative gearing investment property cash flow positive

Just because you’re negatively geared, it doesn’t mean you have to lose money.

Negative gearing 3What would happen if negative gearing went away?


negative gearing strategy image

We look at the “what if” scenarios for negative gearing.

The latest negative gearing news

Property investing tax strategies

Negative gearing is a strategy property investors use to offset their short-term losses in the pursuit of long-term capital gains. This requires the ability to absorb some cash flow losses, but a savvy investor can structure their property investment in such a way as to maximise its tax effectiveness.

Top tax tips for property investors.

Capital gains tax

Another important piece of the negative gearing puzzle is the capital gains tax (CGT) concession. This allows investors who have held their property for at least 12 months an exemption on 50% of their CGT bill. Coupled with negative gearing, the CGT discount makes property an extremely tax-effective investment strategy.

Minimising your CGT bill

Getting your foot on the property investment ladder

While property might be a tax-effective and attractive asset class for investment, first-time investors can feel intimidated by the perceived difficulty of buying their first property. Before you wade into the world of property investment, there are some important strategies to keep in mind.

Property investment strategies

Compare investor home loans

Rates last updated April 24th, 2018
$
Loan purpose
Offset account
Loan type
Your filter criteria do not match any product
Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comp Rate^ (p.a.) Application Fee Ongoing Fees Max LVR Monthly Payment Short Description
3.99%
3.99%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Get a discounted, low-fee investor loan from a convenient online lender. 20% deposit required. Refinance to a UBank loan and you could get $1,000 in your USaver account (offer conditions apply).
3.89%
3.92%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
This investment loan keeps fees low, has a sharp interest rate and comes with a 100% offset account.
3.99%
5.17%
$600
$0 p.a.
90%
Competitive rates for fixed for 3 years with redraw facility.
3.88%
3.88%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
You'll need at least a 30% deposit to get this low investor rate. 100% online application process.
4.19%
4.21%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Investors will pay no application or ongoing fees for this interest-only loan.
4.09%
4.79%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
Buy your investment property and set your repayments for the first year. Available with a 10% deposit. Available in QLD, NSW and ACT only.
4.19%
4.21%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A simple, variable rate investor loan from an online lender that keeps fees to a minimum.
4.15%
4.76%
$600
$0 p.a.
90%
A competitive rate with no ongoing fee and borrow up to 90% LVR.
4.14%
4.14%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Investors pay no application or ongoing fees on this loan from an innovative online lender.
3.89%
3.95%
$600
$0 p.a.
95%
Borrow up to 95% LVR with no ongoing fee.
3.99%
4.62%
$395
$0 p.a.
80%
Investors can enjoy flexible repayments and an easy application process with this pioneering online lender.
4.29%
4.34%
$445
$0 p.a.
80%
Variable investment loan with 100% offset account. Face-to-face consultations available for NSW and ACT customers.
4.24%
4.60%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Fix your investment repayments for 1 year. You can get this loan with a 10% deposit. Available in QLD, NSW and ACT only.
4.50%
4.82%
$600
$0 p.a.
90%
A variable interest-only loan to fund your investment. Get this loan with a 10% deposit.
4.09%
5.28%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
Lock in a competitive investment rate and combine your loan with a credit card and transaction account for extra savings. Package fee applies.
3.99%
4.93%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
A low deposit investment loan with a discounted, competitive rate from one of the big 4 banks.
4.09%
4.49%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
Enjoy all the benefits of a full-featured package investment loan, including a 100% offset account.
4.09%
4.12%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Access a fee-free offset account and a special interest rate for investors.
4.19%
5.49%
$600
$8 monthly ($96 p.a.)
90%
Lock in your investment repayments for 3 years with one of the big 4 banks. Available with a 5% deposit.
4.14%
4.17%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Investors can easily access their equity using BPAY, a debit Master Card or cheque book with this interest-only line of credit.
3.89%
3.91%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Borrow up to $2 million with this low investor rate. To get this discounted rate you must package the loan with your owner-occupier mortgage.
3.99%
4.02%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Investors can enjoy flexible repayment options and pay no application or ongoing fees.
4.65%
4.69%
$600
$8 monthly ($96 p.a.)
90%
You can get this variable investment product with a 10% deposit. The loan has limited fees.
4.55%
5.39%
$499
$0 p.a.
95%
Fix your investment mortgage repayments for 3 years. Available for investors with just a 5% deposit.
4.29%
4.17%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A simplified fixed mortgage product for investors borrowing up to $750,000. The loan also has very few fees.
4.29%
5.39%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
Enjoy advantage package discounts on financial products on this investor mortgage. $1,500 cashback offered to refinancers. Conditions apply.
4.79%
5.44%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
Pay off your investment knowing your exact repayments for the first 4 years. Get this loan with a 10% deposit.
4.29%
4.31%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A variable rate loan for investment. Suitable for customers borrowing $1 million or more to buy a property.
5.59%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
Make interest-only repayments and unlock equity in your home. Combine your mortgage, credit card and transaction account for discounts.
5.79%
5.93%
$600
$8 monthly ($96 p.a.)
95%
Purchase an investment property with a variable rate mortgage from one of the big 4 banks. No settlement fee.
4.09%
5.46%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
Get 5-15% discounts on insurance products with this package investment loan from CommBank. Available with a 10% deposit.
4.19%
5.47%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
Fund your investment with a low deposit package loan from ANZ. Bundle your loan with credit card and bank account for discounts.
4.54%
4.85%
$0
$299 p.a.
80%
Borrow $1 million or more and maximise your investment strategy with this interest-only mortgage.
4.89%
5.50%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
A low deposit package investment loan. Fix your rate and plan your repayments for years in advance.
4.39%
4.23%
$0
$198 p.a.
70%
Fund your property investment with this fixed rate mortgage which includes a 100% offset account. 30% deposit required.
4.24%
4.55%
$0
$299 p.a.
80%
A loan for investors borrowing $1 million or more. The product includes a 100% offset account.

Compare up to 4 providers

FAQs about negative gearing

Related Posts

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, read the PDS or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

2 Responses

  1. Default Gravatar
    RaghuApril 26, 2016

    Hi,
    In the situation when I can’t find a tenant for my investment property and the property is left vacant for an extended period, Are the repayments made during this period tax deductible?

    Thanks,
    Raghu

    • Staff
      BelindaApril 26, 2016Staff

      Hi Raghu,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      You can still claim expenses for your investment property, such as the interest on loans, as long as the property is genuinely available for rent.

      According to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), if a property is genuinely available for rent, it must be advertised to potential tenants and tenants must be reasonably likely to rent the property.
      For more details, please speak with a tax accountant or visit the ATO website.

      All the best,
      Belinda

Ask a question
Go to site