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
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
As featured in AICPA Tax Adviser – February 4, 2021 In November 2020, the IRS issued final regulations defining real property for Sec. 1031 like-kind exchanges (T.D. 9935). The new regulations were needed because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), P.L. 115-97, amended Sec. 1031 so personal property is no longer eligible for a … 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
On November 6, 2020, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2020-50 providing guidance on implementing the most recent bonus depreciation regulations. These regulations, issued in September 2020, addressed feedback and slightly revised provisions of the 2019 proposed bonus regulations. Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bonus depreciation rules have changed over the iterations of proposed … Read More
How Two Andersen Alumni Help Thousands of Businesses Secure Overlooked Tax Incentives to Improve their Bottom Line
The following article is featured on Andersen Alumni. Former alumni Gian Pazzia and CJ Aberin live by the Arthur Andersen motto: Think Straight, Talk Straight. As founding partners of KBKG, one of the largest independent specialty tax firms in the country, they have worked to preserve that legacy both professionally and personally. While both Gian … Read More
On September 21, 2020, the IRS and Treasury Department finalized the last set of final regulations related to bonus depreciation. The originally proposed versions of these regulations were issued on September 24, 2019. The changes made were primarily in response to feedback submitted by tax preparers. Following are a few highlights. Qualified Improvement Property: On … Read More
KBKG Tax Insight: Proposed 1031 Regulations Negative Impact on Cost Segregation – KBKG’s Comments to the IRS
On June 12, the IRS issued proposed regulations that define what real property is for purposes of 1031 exchanges. This was in response to changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that no longer allows personal property from being eligible for 1031 exchange. In their current form, the proposed regulations may create significant … Read More
This letter was originally published by the ASCSP. Our Principals Lester Cook,CCSP and Malik Javed,CCSP are board members of the ASCSP. The American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals (ASCSP) wishes to commend the Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the thoughtful effort clearly reflected in Proposed Regulations 1.1031(a)-3 (REG-117589-18) defining real … Read More