KBKG Tax Insight: Using Cost Segregation with Estate Planning

01/13/2017

When a client dies, a critical estate planning area for tax professionals involves managing the step-up in basis on inherited assets for estate and income tax purposes. The general rule for real estate is that when a property is inherited, any gains built up during the decedent’s life are not recognized. The beneficiary also receives … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: New 2016 Qualified Improvement Property Criteria

11/02/2016

The new Qualified Improvement Property category put into effect in 2016 by the PATH Act will have a broad impact on almost all real estate owners for the near future by increasing the likelihood real property capital expenditures are eligible for bonus depreciation. Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) is defined as any improvement to an interior … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: IRS Issues Final Regulations Surrounding the Qualification of Internal Use Software towards the R&D Tax Credit

10/04/2016

On October 4, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations which provide guidance on the qualification of internal use software (“IUS”) for purposes of the Section 41 Credit for Increasing Research Activities. The final regulations (TD 9786) address many of the comments received regarding the proposed regulations that were released in January of 2015. … Read More

Estate Planning Strategy Using Cost Segregation

08/19/2016

Real estate owners and investors often use cost segregation studies to accelerate depreciation deductions, generate current income tax benefits, and improve cash flow. But did you know that a cost segregation study can also be used as a powerful estate-planning tool? One of the advantages of transferring property at death (rather than by lifetime gift) … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Avoiding Cost Segregation Recapture Tax

08/04/2016

Savvy tax professionals that recommend Cost Segregation studies are well aware of the recapture tax rules that require taxpayers to pay back any accelerated tax deductions when the property is sold. After all, for the right situation, the net present value of those tax savings far exceeds any recapture tax payback. While the effects of … Read More

IRS provides 1 year extension to claim missed repair deductions on 2015 returns

06/03/2016

The recently released Rev. Proc. 2016-29 details new procedures for automatic accounting method changes, as discussed in a previous KBKG Tax Insight, and effectively provides a one year extension for taxpayers to implement many portions of the Tangible Property Regulations (TPR). Taxpayers are generally not permitted to make an automatic method change if they made … Read More

Deduct Your Demolished Building Using a GAA

05/18/2016

When a taxpayer acquires a building that may need to be demolished in the foreseeable future, they are often disappointed to learn from their tax preparer that they will lose all future tax depreciation deductions associated with the building. For many years, the tax code has not been forgiving to property owners who invest in … Read More

Research Tax Credit Opportunities for Architects and Engineers

05/17/2016

Architecture and engineering firms may want to take another look at the often forgotten Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credit. Many may be eligible for federal and state research credits without realizing it. Historically, the R&D Tax Credit was geared to only benefit large companies; mostly in the manufacturing, software, high-tech and pharmaceutical industries. However, … Read More

Rev. Proc. 2016-29: New Procedures for Automatic Accounting Method Changes

05/11/2016

The IRS recently released Rev. Proc. 2016-29, which lists automatic method changes and provides procedures for making them. Form 3115’s filed on or after May 5, 2016 must follow the updated rules. Background. Taxpayers make accounting method changes for numerous reasons, such as claiming missed depreciation from a Cost Segregation study, reclassifying capital expenditures as … Read More