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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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 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
>Our Cost Segregation & Fixed Assets Principal, Sumit Sharma, will be speaking at NYMS this year during the Value Add panel discussion. Along with him, Alexis McClellan and Justin Brumfield will represent KBKG. The New York Multifamily Summit will take place on Thursday, May 12th in New York, New York. This event is New York’s … Read More
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 05/03/2022 | 12:00 PM PT | 1 hour | 1 CPE credit This webinar will cover the fundamentals of the Research and … Read More
Eddie Price, Matthew Geltz, and Bill Taylor will be representing KBKG at the TXCPA Austin Accounting & Finance Leaders Conference on Thursday, April 21st in Austin, Texas. Our Texas team specializes in Cost Segregation, Green Building Tax Incentives (45L and 179D), Transfer Pricing, and more.. About the TXCPA Austin Accounting & Finance Leaders Conference The … Read More
PASADENA, CA, – Nationwide tax specialty firm KBKG promoted Sumit Sharma, CCSP, to principal effective January 1, 2022. Sumit leads the firm’s cost segregation practice in the northeast out of their Manhattan-based office. As a Principal, Sumit specializes in Cost Segregation and Fixed Assets. Sumit has over 17 years of experience conducting fixed asset depreciation … Read More
Our Cost Segregation Director, Amar Patel, will be representing us at the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference on Tuesday, March 22nd through Thursday, March 24th in Atlanta, Georgia. As providers of Cost Segregation, 45L Tax Credits, Employee Retention Tax Credits, and more; we offer a suite of unique tax saving strategies for the real estate industry. … Read More
As featured in the Dave Lorenzo, Inside BS Podcast. Our Cost Segregation Principal, Lester Cook, was featured in the Inside BS Show, a podcast hosted by Dave Lorenzo, Consultative Sales Expert at the Dave Lorenzo Company, LLC. Lester shares with Dave the ways he helps property owners legally take advantage of the tax code to … Read More