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Why Have a Loss Attributing Qualifying Company (LAQC) as your Investment Vehicle?
A loss attributing qualifying company (LAQC) is simply a normal company that has elected to be an LAQC. LAQC stands for loss attributing qualifying company, which means that the losses your rental property makes are allocated to the individual shareholders to offset against their personal income, thus resulting in a lower provisional liability or a refund of PAYE paid.
With a normal company, if the company were to make a loss, losses can only be offset against future profits. For example, if you make a loss of $10,000 then you must wait until the company has a profit of $10,000 and then you will pay no tax on the $10,000 profit. This can be problematic for rental property investors because, if the property is geared to the maximum and making the full depreciation claims, it may be many years before the company is profitable and can then make use of the tax losses that it has to carry forward.
With an LAQC the larger income earner can own all the shares and have all the losses claimed at the higher tax rate, which may amount to many thousands of dollars in tax refunds. Furthermore, you can sell the shares to a family trust without depreciation clawback (and you don't have the legal fees to change the title of the house).
The Story of Joe Investor
For example, let's take Joe Investor ‚ Joe has a salary of $80,000 and has paid tax via PAYE on this income. Now if Joe has several rental properties and makes a loss of say $20,000 then Joe should not have paid tax on $80,000 ‚ he should have only paid tax on $60,000; therefore Joe receives all of the tax he paid on his income between $60,000 and $80,000. Since anyone earning $60,000 plus is taxed at 39%, Joe will receive a refund of $7,800. If Joe had his investment properties in either a family trust or a company that was not an LAQC, Joe would have to wait until the entity became profitable before receiving any tax relief.
IRD Criteria for becoming an LAQC (summarised):
LAQC or family trust?
Transferring your assets to a family trust means you don't own the assets anymore, the family trust does - this is important to protect your assets. The taxation issue for losses in a family trust works in a similar way to losses in a regular (non-LAQC) company, the losses can only carried forward and offset against future income rather than receiving immediate taxation relief.
The family trust is still a good ownership vehicle if you are buying highly positively geared properties that will either not make a loss or will make very minimal losses prior to becoming profitable.
How do I elect for the company to become an LAQC?
Either go to your accountant who will arrange this for a small fee or go to http://www.ird.govt.nz/forms-guides/number/forms-400-499/ir436-form-qualifying-laqc.html for the application form.
See also: Investing in Rental Property
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