KBKG Tax Insight: Updates to “Qualified Improvement Property”

11/09/2018

With the 2017 tax year behind us, tax professionals are laser focused on the various new rules presented by the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) effective for the 2018 tax year. One of the most significant changes related to real estate improvements is the new eligibility criteria for qualified improvement property (QIP). The … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Utilize Statistical Sampling with Cost Segregation

09/04/2018

If you are a taxpayer that owns multiple building improvement properties which are similar in construction, utilizing a statistical sampling along with cost segregation can greatly reduce the fees and resources needed to allocate each property for tax depreciation. Pairing this with an accounting method change to claim missed cost segregation opportunities over multiple years … Read More

Eddie Price Elected to ASCSP Board of Directors

08/17/2018

Eddie Price, Director of KBKG, a nationwide tax credits, incentives, and cost recovery firm, was recently elected to the board of directors for non-profit organization, the American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals (ASCSP), for a subsequent two-year term. ASCSP was founded in 2006 to address the growing need for credentials, technical standards, education, and a … Read More

Partial Disposition Election for Buildings Being Targeted by IRS

06/18/2018

Recently, the IRS Large Business and International division highlighted five issues that it will be targeting in its “compliance campaign” audit strategy this year. One of the issues on its radar is the partial disposition election for buildings and its structural components. Treasury Regulations provide guidelines for recognizing gain or loss on the disposition of … 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

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

Reduce Taxes on Condo Sales in Mixed-Use Developments with Tax Basis Allocation Studies

12/01/2017

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

KBKG Video: Top 5 Things You Should Know About Cost Segregation

11/15/2017

Are you a tax professional looking for an easy way to explain Cost Segregation to your clients? This 3-minute video helps building owners understand why they should consider Cost Segregation for their building and covers the top 5 things they need to know to get started. Cost Segregation is a commonly used strategic tax planning … Read More

New Tax Reform Proposal Makes Deductions More Valuable in 2017

10/06/2017

On Thursday, September 27, Republican leaders in Congress and the Trump administration released the Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code. Among the many ideas outlined within the plan is to reduce the corporate tax rate to 20% and provide a maximum tax rate of 25% for business income from flow through entities of … Read More

New Qualified Improvement Property Category in 2016

09/18/2017

Many tax professionals are still unclear about the newest classification of building improvements eligible for bonus depreciation when placed in service on or after January 1, 2016. That’s understandable considering there has been over a dozen additions or changes to rules relating to various qualified real property improvements since bonus depreciation was enacted. This newest … Read More

KBKG Insight: Does a Cost Segregation Study Increase the Likelihood of Audit?

08/25/2017

One of the most common concerns that is raised regarding Cost Segregation Studies is whether it increases the likelihood of an IRS audit down the road. While it’s well documented that these studies are accepted by the IRS if performed properly, there isn’t much evidence suggesting the implementation of a cost segregation study on a … Read More

KBKG Insight: Tax Court Rejects Taxpayer’s Land vs. Building Allocation

06/13/2017

On May 8, 2017, the U.S. Tax Court released Summary Opinion 2017-31 to conclude that a county assessor’s allocation to land and improvement values were more reliable than the taxpayers proposed values.  The tax court noted they could not find any authority that suggests a taxpayer is qualified to allocate the value of the property … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: IRS Updates Cost Segregation Audit Techniques Guide

04/18/2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a relatively substantial update to their Cost Segregation Audit Techniques Guide (ATG) in order to incorporate various tax and legal developments since it was first released. Originally published in 2004, the Cost Segregation Audit Techniques Guide assists IRS examiners during audits by providing an understanding of technical information, examination … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Online Cost Segregation Savings Calculator Provides Instant Estimated Tax Projection for any Building

03/22/2017

KBKG’s complimentary online cost segregation tax savings calculator provides instant, estimated tax projections and is easy to use. Just enter the building details and instantly receive a summary detailing the additional depreciation deductions each year generated by a cost segregation study. “KBKG’s free Cost Segregation Calculator is quick and easy when I need a high-level … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Gian Pazzia Discusses Cutting Edge Cost Segregation Software

03/14/2017

Recently, the Tax Resolution Institute invited KBKG subject matter expert, Gian Pazzia, to present a live discussion on KBKG’s new cutting edge software, the Residential Cost Segregator®. Watch the video for an overview on the topic and to learn how tax preparers can use the software to accelerate deductions on smaller residential properties, which was … Read More

Cost Segregation Software for Smaller Residential Properties

03/08/2017

Cost Segregation is now cost effective for smaller properties using KBKG’s online software designed for tax preparers and building owners. The Residential Cost Segregator® shatters previous conceptions that cost segregation should only be recommended for larger properties with a depreciable basis over $750,000. With the software, tax preparers can generate retirement deductions and faster depreciation … Read More

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 Launches New Residential Cost Segregation Software

12/01/2016

  Press Release: Pasadena, California, December 1, 2016 – KBKG, a nationwide tax solutions firm headquartered in Pasadena, California, recently launched the Residential Cost Segregator™, an innovative cost segregation software which allows tax preparers and building owners to generate detailed cost segregation reports on smaller residential properties. The Residential Cost Segregator™ shatters previous conceptions that … 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: 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

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

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

KBKG Video: Using Cost Segregation with Estate Planning

05/05/2016

In an article recently published by the AICPA, Using Cost Segregation in Estate Planning, our subject matter expert, Gian Pazzia, CCSP, details the ability to create permanent tax savings after a death occurs through an often overlooked aspect of the step-up in basis tax law. Our short video explains the mechanics of how this strategy … Read More

Using Cost Segregation with Estate Planning

03/31/2016

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

Retail/Restaurant Industry Safe Harbor Under Tangible Property Regulations

01/13/2016

The IRS recently issued Revenue Procedure 2015-56 providing a safe harbor for certain taxpayers operating retail or restaurant establishments for determining whether expenditures incurred to “remodel” or “refresh” their property can be expensed under the Tangible Property Regulations released in 2013. Generally, the safe harbor benefits those enhancing the physical appearance and layout of their … Read More

Late Partial Dispositions – It’s Not Too Late for Fiscal Year-end Taxpayers

11/30/2015

While the opportunity to file a late partial disposition election ended for calendar year taxpayers, fiscal year-end taxpayers still have time to review depreciation schedules for these missed deductions. In the context of a building, a late partial disposition occurs generally when any building component, such as a roof, has been removed in a prior tax … Read More

IRS Releases Retail & Restaurant Safe Harbor Related to Tangible Property Regulations

11/20/2015

On November 20, 2015, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2015-56, providing certain “qualified taxpayers” engaged in the trade or business of operating a retail establishment or a restaurant a safe harbor accounting method for costs incurred related to remodeling and refreshing of their “qualified buildings.” “Qualified taxpayers” include those conducting activities within NAICS codes 44 … Read More

John Hanning Joins KBKG’s Columbus, OH office

04/03/2015

KBKG is pleased to announce the addition of John Hanning, SCSP, to our growing team in Ohio. John is an expert in the Tangible Property Repair Regulations, Cost Segregation, Construction Tax Planning, and Fixed Asset Depreciation Reviews. Prior to joining, John worked in KPMG’s Accounting Methods and Credit Services Group where he focused on getting … Read More

Eddie Price joins KBKG as Cost Segregation Director

06/26/2013

We are pleased to announce that we recently hired Eddie Price as the Director of our Cost Segregation department. Eddie has over 30 years of cost segregation experience dating back to the Investment Tax Credit period. He is a Certified member of the American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals and currently serving as the Secretary … Read More

Gian Pazzia, CCSP, of KBKG elected President of ASCSP (2013 – 2015)

06/07/2013

PASADENA, CA – KBKG congratulates Gian Pazzia, CCSP on his recent election as President of the American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals (ASCSP).“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to further develop and promote the American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals (ASCSP). With representation from Big Four all the way down to boutique cost segregation firms, … Read More

Taxpayer Negligence Penalty for Poor Cost Segregation Study

03/12/2013

Summary: In the recently released Chief Counsel Memo #20125201F, the IRS makes it clear that even if you engage a third party to perform a cost segregation analysis, taxpayers cannot avoid penalties for aggressive positions taken in the cost segregation report. The taxpayer attended a presentation that addressed open-air parking structures in which the presentation … Read More

Temporary Regulations Create New Applications for Cost-Segregation Studies

09/10/2012

The AICPA recently released an article titled “Temporary Regulations Create New Applications for Cost-Segregation Studies”. It details: Expenses & Deductions, Building Improvements and Repairs, Building Component Dispositions and concluded that “There are a number of considerations to be made in applying the temporary regulations. In addition to dispositions and structural improvements, the temporary regulations prescribe … Read More

Is the Value of Cost Segregation Depreciating?

08/10/2012

The IRS has challenged the classification components of cost segregation studies done for major corporations such as AmeriSouth XXXII, Ltd. They are calling into question the validity of cost segregation studies and its “savings” to taxpayers. The courts have generally ruled in favor of the IRS, however, even after such rulings, many believe that the … Read More

Side Effects of Cost Segregation

04/11/2012

The Journal of Accountancy recently published an article titled “Side effects of cost segregation.” “Increased current cash flows and net-present-value savings from accelerated tax depreciation resulting from cost-segregation studies have been discussed in the JofA and other professional literature. But the initial cost-segregation decision can determine later tax side effects, both positive and negative. This … Read More

ASCSP Board Member Comments on Recent Regulations

03/30/2012

Gian P. Pazzia, CCSP and Principal at KBKG, Inc. works collectively with the American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals (ASCSP) to provide insights on current tax issues including ASCSP’s comments to the IRS on the Repair v. Capitalization Temp. Regs., ASCSP’s industry commentary on PECO Foods v. Commissioner and also ASCSP’s comments on the AmeriSouth … Read More

Tax Alert: IRS takes a stand on Cost Segregation for Apartment Buildings

03/15/2012

Summary:In the recently released AmeriSouth XXXII., Tax Court Memo 2012-67, the IRS makes its first meaningful strike in its attempt to marginalize the benefits of cost segregation studies for residential rental property. For many taxpayers and CPAs, this is a complete surprise. However, KBKG clients have been warned for over a year that this was likely … Read More

Cost Segregation Studies: Best Practices – Seminar

03/06/2012

Gian Pazzia will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford live phone/web seminar entitled “Cost Segregation Studies: Best Practices” scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 1:00pm-2:50pm EDT. Because of your affiliation with KBKG, you are eligible to attend this seminar at 50% off. A thorough cost segregation study can materially reduce federal income taxes (by segregating personal … Read More

Release the Cash in Your Property by Applying Cost-Segregation Techniques

09/26/2005

Author: Annette Bajek | Publication: East Bay Business Times If your clients own commercial or residential rental property and dutifully deduct 1/39th or 1/27.5th of its value each year, they are leaving money on the table. The 39-year figure represents the depreciable life of a commercial building while 27.5 years represents the depreciable life of … Read More

Another Cost Segregation Article

07/07/2005

Author: Luis A. Guerrero, CPA, MBT | Publication: CPA/Law Forum Newsletter Another Cost Segregation article you ask? By now you have probably read a dozen articles on the benefits of a Cost Segregation study. You are wondering whether or not it is worth your time to be reminded of these benefits when you are really … Read More

Cost Segregation: The Secret is Out

06/10/2005

Author: Gian Pazzia | Publication: CPA Leadership Report To access this article from its original publication please visit www.cpaleadership.comIf you are a CPA and haven’t heard the term “Cost Segregation” yet, you will undoubtedly hear more about it going forward. Since the IRS released it’s one hundred and twenty page Cost Segregation Audit Techniques Guide … Read More

Maximizing Cash Flow with Cost Segregation Studies

06/06/2005

$538,344 – That’s the 250% increase in tax deductions over the first 5 years of ownership for a real estate investor who had a cost segregation study performed on his recently acquired 30,000-square-foot strip mall. Large real estate developers and Fortune 500 companies have been using cost segregation studies over the past two decades to … Read More

Increased Savings for Gas Stations with Convenience Stores

06/01/2005

Commercial buildings are usually depreciated on a straight-line basis over 39 years. Rev. Proc. 87-56 enabled taxpayers to depreciate the Section 1250 real property (structure) of a gas station using the 150% declining balance method over 15 years. However, many taxpayers are unaware of another rule affecting convenience stores associated with many gas stations. In … Read More

Uncovering Tax Savings in Construction Projects

05/24/2004

Everyone is interested in saving on taxes. Not everyone knows how. Many commercial property owners and tenants and residential income property owners who are constructing improvements are unaware of the substantial tax savings available to them through some of the recent and temporary legislation that has been passed in an effort to stimulate the nation’s … Read More