"Can I borrow against an existing share portfolio and claim a tax deduction?"
- Michael in Sydney, NSW
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Thank you for your question.
Unfortunately, your question is missing a crucially important detail – What are you borrowing the money for? Where we talk about the tax-deductibility of any debt, we first look to the purpose of that debt and who is going to be making the repayments.
The actual security (in your case, a share portfolio) is irrelevant. For example, if you were using an existing share portfolio as security to borrow money to buy more shares, then the loan would be considered an investment loan (shares are an investment) and the loan interest would be tax-deductible. However, if you used the share portfolio as security to borrow money for some home renovations, you will have no tax deductions available as your home is not an investment. In any case, you should speak to your lender or mortgage broker and to your tax accountant before borrowing the funds and check whether any deductions may be available.
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