KBKG Tax Insight: Impact of Proposed Regulations for Additional First Year Depreciation Deduction

08/08/2018

On August 8th, 2018 the IRS published proposed regulations (REG-104397-18) that provide guidance regarding the additional first year depreciation deduction under section 168(k) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). These proposed regulations reflect changes made to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) to increase the allowable first-year depreciation deduction for qualified property from 50% … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: R&D Credit Opportunity – Improving an Existing Product

06/11/2018

  Businesses who are creating a brand-new product may be aware that the expenses associated with the cost of developing the prototype, or first article, of that product can qualify for the Research & Development (R&D) tax credit1. Qualifying expenses can include employee wages, materials used in the construction of the prototype and any third-party … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: 179D Energy Efficiency Deductions Extended through 2017

04/03/2018

The 179D energy efficiency tax deduction has been extended retroactively for improvements completed by the end of 2017. This financial incentive is geared towards: 1) building owners (commercial or multifamily), 2) tenants making improvements, and 3) architects, engineers, and other designers of government buildings. The tax deduction is worth up to $1.80 per square foot … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: IRS Penalizes Cost Segregation Provider for Aiding and Abetting

03/06/2018

Tax preparers and their clients often cannot recognize quality differences among cost segregation service providers, leading to buying decisions based on who proposes the lowest fee or promises the highest tax benefit. However, the real test of quality is how the cost segregation results stand up in an IRS audit. What are the consequences of … Read More

45L: The Energy Efficient Home Credit – Extended through 2017

03/05/2018

Homebuilders and multi-family developers have a unique opportunity to capitalize on an energy efficient home credit that is often overlooked. Low-rise apartment developers and homebuilders are eligible for a $2,000 tax credit for each new or rehabbed energy efficient dwelling unit that is first leased or sold by the end of 2017. Taxpayers also have … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Tax Reform Changes to “Qualified Improvement Property”

02/02/2018

  As the dust is settling from tax reform, many CPAs are scrambling to keep track of the various sections of the tax code that were affected. The new law eliminates depreciation categories for qualified leasehold improvements (QLI), qualified restaurant property (QRP), and qualified retail improvement property (QRIP) and replaces them with qualified improvement property … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Avoid Common R&D Expense Documentation Errors

01/14/2018

  Business owners are often surprised to learn they may be able to claim the Research & Development (R&D) tax credit. The credit was originally created as way to encourage American companies to conduct R&D activities domestically. While initially thought to apply to large companies with formal R&D departments, “smaller businesses” in a wide range … Read More

Minimize Gains on Sale of Condos in Mixed-Use Developments. Condo Tax Basis Allocation Studies

01/09/2018

Traditional cost accounting for mixed-use residential projects often does not properly allocate all construction costs to each section of the property. Consequently, there may be a significant understatement of cost basis for residential condominium units resulting in higher taxable gains upon sale. This is most common within vertical mixed-use developments where residential condos are stacked … Read More