Landlords, the ATO and rental deductions

One in seven taxpayers in Australia is a property investor. Each year residential landlords claim a total of around $5 billion in rental losses. Accordingly one can understand the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO) close scrutiny of the deductions claimed by landlords. But a recent case before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) demonstrates how far the ATO will go to test the boundaries of what is, and isn’t, tax deductible.