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
Looking for CPE credit? We have several sessions available this month. Click the links below to register. If you have questions or need help registering, please email [email protected] Research & Development Tax Credits 11/1/2022 | 12:00 PM PT | 1 hour | 1 CPE credit This webinar will cover the fundamentals of the Research and … Read More
Attending the AFWA Women Who Count Conference is Principal, Lester Cook, Manager, Sasha Brenecki, and Regional Director Todd French who will represent KBKG at the event, which takes place October 25th-28th in Chicago, Illinois at The Drake. About the Event This is the first time in two years that the AFWA will host its annual … Read More
Attending the 2022 Tal Glenn Memorial Golf Tournament is our Principal, Eddie Price, and our Regional Director, Matthew Geltz, who will represent KBKG at the event, which takes place on October 24th in Tyler, Texas at The Cascades Golf & Country Club. About the Event The Tal Glenn Memorial Golf Tournament is an annual golf … Read More
IRS Updates Audit Technique Guide for Cost Segregation On June 1st of 2022, the IRS published the latest edition of the Cost Segregation Audit Technique Guide (ATG). The Cost Segregation ATG assists IRS examiners during audits by providing an understanding of technical information, examination techniques, and what to look for when reviewing cost segregation reports. … Read More
Research & Development Tax Credit Principal, Jonathan Tucker and Director, Ian Williams will be speaking on Research and Development Tax Credits Overview and Recent Updates. Their presentation is taking place on Thursday, June 9th from 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM. Regional Director, Chad Niehaus is speaking in a 25-minute Ted-Talk, a new way of presenting … Read More
This year, Sumit Sharma, Paul McVoy, Alexis McClellan, and Justin Brumfield will be representing KBKG at the NJCPA Convention & Expo. This conference takes place from June 14th to June 17th at NJCPA Convention & Expo in Atlantic City. About the NJCPA Convention & Expo The NJCPA Convention & Expo knows that there are mega-changes … Read More
The IRS and Treasury released Rev. Proc. 2022-14 earlier this year, updating and superseding the current list of automatic method changes. Background Taxpayers generally cannot change from an established accounting method to a different method unless they first obtain IRS consent to change from the established accounting method. Taxpayers must obtain IRS consent to change … Read More
As featured in Accounting Today Real estate owners have limited options to pull cash out of a 1031 exchange without having to pay income tax. With proper tax planning, this problem can be solved with a cost segregation study. The application of cost segregation for this purpose may vary depending on the tax rules in … Read More
Alex Martin, Transfer Pricing Principal, will be speaking at TXCPA Dallas Convergence on Monday, May 16th. He’ll be joined by Bill Taylor, William Long, Matthew Geltz, Mike Cornell, and Emily Kennedy from our Dallas Fort-Worth office. This event is taking place at the Omni Frisco Hotel in Frisco, Texas. About the TXCPA Dallas Convergence TXCPA … Read More
Our Research and Development Tax Credit Director, Ian Williams, is speaking while Principal, Jonathan Tucker, and Regional Director Chad Niehaus are representing KBKG at the SCACPA Spring Splash Conference 2022. This event takes place from May 12th and May 13th in Spartanburg, SC. Our Southeast team specializes in Cost Segregation, Green Building Tax Incentives (45L … Read More