What is Cost Segregation?
Cost Segregation is a commonly used strategic tax planning tool that allows companies and individuals who have constructed, purchased, expanded or remodeled any kind of real estate to increase cash flow by accelerating depreciation deductions and deferring federal and state income taxes.
What is a Cost Segregation Study & How Does it Work?
When a property is purchased, not only does it include a building structure, but it also includes all of its interior and exterior components. On average, 20% to 40% of those components fall into tax categories that can be written off much quicker than the building structure. A Cost Segregation study dissects the construction cost or purchase price of the property that would otherwise be depreciated over 27 ½ or 39 years. The primary goal of a Cost Segregation study is to identify all property-related costs that can be depreciated over 5, 7 and 15 years. For example, certain electrical outlets that are dedicated to equipment such as appliances or computers should be depreciated over 5 years.
KBKG goes beyond a traditional Cost Segregation study and will also separate all of the different building structural components (such as the roof, windows or HVAC units) so when they are replaced, a loss deduction can be claimed on them. For leased property, we also separate tenant leasehold improvements.
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- Estimated allocation to 5, 7, 15, and real property
- Tax deductions and additional cash flow by year
- Net present value over 10 years and over the life of the property
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What is Involved in a Cost Segregation Study?
A quality Cost Segregation study evaluates all information, including available records, inspections, and interviews, and presents the findings in a clear, well-documented format. Our process for conducting a detailed Cost Segregation includes a review of any available cost detail for the property, a review of any available blue prints and a physical inspection of the property. If none of this information is available, a Cost Segregation study can still be performed by estimating component values on site.
When should a Cost Segregation study be conducted?
A Cost Segregation study can be completed any time after the purchase, remodel or construction of a property. However, the optimum time for a study for new owners is during the year a building is constructed, purchased or remodeled. For investors who are in the planning phases of construction or remodeling, the best time to consider a Cost Segregation study is before the infrastructure of the building is set. KBKG offers a free preliminary analysis that can help determine the right timing and strategy for any investor.
What should I consider when selecting a Cost Segregation provider?
You should always read the bio and resume of the persons signing your Cost Segregation study. Make sure they are certified with...READ MORE »
Will the company be available if I get audited by the IRS?
Any company can give you a Cost Segregation report with results that save you a lot of money; the real question is whether it will stand up to IRS scrutiny. The true value of the fee you pay is how easy (or painful) the audit process goes. Every Cost Segregation company will say...READ MORE »
Does the company have tax experts that can help if my CPA has questions?
There are so many unique fact patterns and situations that can have a tax impact on how the Cost Segregation deductions will flow through on your tax return. A Cost Segregation engineer does not know enough about tax to truly understand how the Cost Segregation deductions will specifically impact you. Using a firm with tax experts on staff will...READ MORE »
What are the Benefits of Cost Segregation?
Many business owners are surprised to learn of the compelling tax savings a cost segregation study offers. Below is a list of three of the most prominent benefits.
Cost Segregation Tax Insights
As featured in the Small Business Tax Savings Podcast Recently, Mike Jesowshek, CPA, Founder of JETRO & Associates, interviewed our Cost Segregation Principal, Lester Cook. Topics discussed include cost segregation, how a cost segregation study is performed, the benefits of a cost segregation study, and more. A Cost Segregation Study dissects the construction cost or … Read More
Acquiring or constructing a gas station with a convenience store (“C-store”) can be a lucrative addition to a real estate portfolio. Current rules allow investors to immediately write off all the improvements if certain requirements are met, and the property is placed in service after September 27, 2017. This went into effect after the Tax … Read More
KBKG Tax Insight: Form 3115 May be Used for Changing to ADS Depreciation for Residential Rental Property
The IRS on June 17, 2021 issued Revenue Procedure 2021-28, which provides procedures for taxpayers to change to the alternative depreciation system (“ADS”) for certain residential rental property placed in service prior to January 1, 2018, held by an electing Real Property Trade or Business (RPTOB). KBKG Insight: A RPTOB that made the election under … Read More
Governor Kim Reynolds recently signed into law Senate File 619 relating to a multitude of state and local tax issues. Included within this law is the retroactive applicability of Federal Bonus Depreciation rules for qualified assets placed into service on or after January 1, 2021. Additionally, the State of Iowa will remain decoupled from the … Read More
Learn about Bonus Depreciation with Lester Cook, CCSP at MCIPA’s Tax Professionals and the IRS: Successfully Working Together Conference
KBKG Principal Lester Cook, CCSP will be virtually presenting Bonus Depreciation Update at MICPA’s Tax Professionals and the IRS: Successfully Working Together Conference. Taking place on June 9th from 3:10 PM – 4 PM Eastern time, this presentation will provide information on bonus depreciation and other related depreciation issues. Lester will clarify when bonus depreciation … Read More
Overview Treasury and the IRS are contemplating additional procedural guidance that will assist taxpayers with compliance related to the ADS recovery period change for residential rental property. This is required under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) when Real Property Trades or Businesses (RPTOBs) make the election under 163(j) to avoid interest expect limitations. … Read More
As featured in AICPA Tax Adviser – April 15, 2021 Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (“HVAC”) replacement costs can be significant expenses for businesses that own or lease real estate. This guide is intended to help tax practitioners distinguish between deductible repairs and more extensive work that must be capitalized. Each year, tax professionals who … Read More
The Qualified Improvements Quick Reference Chart is KBKG’s most sought-after resource by CPAs across the nation. We have updated the chart to reflect recent changes. Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) is defined as any improvement made by the taxpayer to an interior portion of a building that is nonresidential real property as long as the improvement … Read More
As featured in Accounting Today Calculating land and building values for tax purposes is a critical step toward maximizing your available tax deductions from depreciation. This is because the law says you can only depreciate items that wear down over time (i.e., the building and not the land). Since most real estate purchase agreements do … Read More
Atlanta, Georgia – Nationwide tax specialty firm KBKG hired two new Directors, Amar Patel and Ian Williams, as part of their Southeast practice. Both Directors join KBKG with over 25 years of combined experience in Cost Segregation and Research & Development Tax Credits, two key services offered by the firm to CPAs and businesses. As … Read More