Australia now has 2,156,319 property investors, according to the ATO.
Tax year 2016-17 Tax year 2015-16
One property 1,536,112 1,493,982
Two properties 407,971 395,910
Three properties 125,915 122,654
Four properties 46,460 45,229
Five properties 19,504 18,872
Six or more 20,357 20,017
Total 2,156,319 2,096,664
That’s a jump of 59,000 fresh investors in the 2016-17 tax year.
But the number of investors with six or more properties has barely risen with the latest ATO tally putting it at 20,357 investors in the 2016-17 tax year.
It was 20,023 in tax year 2015-16.
It is this six or more investor demographic that has attracted the attention of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in his pursuit of negative gearing changes.
The Opposition leader Bill Shorten has conceded that Labor’s negative gearing/capital gains tax reforms were not “universally loved.”
“I would rather see more young couples buy their first home, than spend billions subsidising investors acquiring multiple properties,” Shorten argues.
“All of the experts know that with scarce taxpayer dollars it’s better to put money into health and aged care than give a tax subsidy to someone buying their sixth or seventh investment property,” Mr Shorten said.
What Property Investors look like?
According to ATO statistics a steady 71 per cent of the Australians with rental properties have just the one investment.
That’s 1,536,112 individuals with the one property.
There are 1,300,344 individuals who own loss making rental properties.
There are 855,975 individuals who are in a rent neutral/profit situation with their rental investment.
An interest in a property means the property is solely owned, jointly owned or part-year owned – for example, bought or sold a property during the year.
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