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
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- 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
With the passage of the CARES Act on Friday, March 27, 2020, Congress addressed the much anticipated “Retail Glitch” associated with the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This rule previously prevented investments in qualified improvement property (QIP) from qualifying for bonus depreciation. With the passing of the CARES Act, the recovery period for … Read More
As featured in AICPA The Tax Advisor When a property is acquired in a Sec. 1031 like-kind exchange, tax preparers should consider several facts before deciding how to best depreciate the carryover basis from a relinquished property. When a cost segregation study is also considered on the newly acquired property, additional analysis is recommended before … Read More
KBKG Tax Insight: IRS to Increase Scrutiny of Building Partial Dispositions, Provides Guidance to Field Agents
As featured in Accounting Today As a result of the disposition regulations that were finalized in 2014, taxpayers are able to claim a partial disposition of a building component and recognize a loss on their tax return in the year of disposition. The partial disposition election is one of five issues targeted by the IRS … Read More
Are you or your clients interested in performing a cost segregation study before the upcoming March 15 tax deadline? KBKG is committed to timely work. Since the months leading up to a tax deadline is our busiest time of year, we encourage you to start the process now to avoid any delays in filing your … Read More
KBKG is pleased to announce the addition of Business Development Regional Director Todd French to KBKG’s Midwest Regional office, who is relocating from the KBKG Texas office after serving the Dallas-Ft. Worth Community. Todd French began his finance career 15 years ago as a banker for a large regional bank where he was trained to … Read More
As a follow up to the KBKG Tax Insight article, Impact of Final Regulations and New Proposed Regulations for Additional First Year Depreciation Deduction, released last week providing a summary of the new final proposed regulations for additional first year depreciation deduction, we now dive deeper into the impact of floor plan financing indebtedness upon … Read More
KBKG Tax Insight: Impact of Final Regulations and New Proposed Regulations for Additional First Year Depreciation Deduction
For the most up-to-date information on Qualified Improvement Property, see our latest post. On September 13, 2019, the IRS and Treasury Department released the much-anticipated final regulations that provide guidance regarding additional first year bonus depreciation deductions under section 168(k) of the Internal Revenue Code (REG-104397-18). While the final regulations clarified some questions, there are … Read More
KBKG Tax Insight: Final Regulations and New Proposed Regulations for Additional First-Year Depreciation Deduction
For the most up-to-date information on Qualified Improvement Property, see our latest post. On September 13, 2019, the IRS and Treasury finalized first-year bonus regulations (REG-104397-18). In tandem, they issued additional proposed regs (REG-106808-19) for bonus nuances. Here are a few highlights: Final Regulations: Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) – 2018 and beyond: The IRS and … Read More
Our Director, Eddie Price, has been featured as a speaker for Wolters Kluwer | CCH CPELink. He’ll be discussing Advanced Tax Planning with Cost Segregation on September 17th at 12 PM Pacific on their platform. With over 35 years of experience, Eddie has been a featured speaker and author for agencies such as The Tax … Read More
Are you considering a cost segregation study? As you begin to evaluate potential service providers, it’s important to remember that there are significant differences among cost segregation advisors in the marketplace. Sometimes taxpayers are not immediately aware of how those differences may impact their experience from start to finish. The American Society of Cost Segregation … Read More