Residential Cost Segregator®
Cost Segregation Software Designed for CPAs, Tax Preparers & Building Owners
The Residential Cost Segregator™ is an online software program that allows CPA’s to generate custom reports in just minutes, providing tax benefits to clients without hiring a specialist. The software is available for residential rental properties up to 6 units with a depreciable tax basis of $500,000 or less (purchase price less land).
Create a custom report with detailed building component cost breakdown for retirement deductions and faster depreciation.
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*The cost of a report does not include your tax preparer’s fees to assist with information gathering, reviewing data, and implementation on your tax return. Please consult your tax advisor regarding additional fees.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between a formal Cost Segregation study performed by experienced engineers and a Residential Cost Segregator® report?
For most buildings, a Cost Segregation study requires the knowledge of a Certified Cost Segregation Professional (CCSP) with an engineering background. This is because of variations in construction from one building to another as well as varied tax law depending on building types. The engineer physically inspects the property and performs construction quantity takeoffs to account for each building component. Empirical cost data is then used to reconstruct the cost of the entire property. The result is a report with schedules showing values that can be substantiated by the data collected by the engineer.
The Residential Cost Segregator® utilizes many of the same concepts, calculations, and data. Instead of an engineer, the Residential Cost Segregator® relies on data provided by the building owner. So if the building owner indicates the property has carpet in the bedrooms and was acquired with certain appliances, the software accounts for these items. The information provided is processed using KBKG’s proprietary algorithms and empirical data to generate a logical breakdown of costs for each major property component.
The Residential Cost Segregator® is designed specifically for properties too small to hire an experienced CCSP to analyze. Because every property is unique, it may not account for unusual items that exist and generally provides a more conservative allocation than may be available to the taxpayer. The Residential Cost Segregator® is not adequate for use to conduct a Cost Segregation study on larger, more complex properties.
What is Cost Segregation and why should I do it for my rental property?
Cost Segregation is a commonly used strategic tax planning tool that allows building owners who have constructed, purchased, expanded or remodeled real estate to increase cash flow by accelerating depreciation deductions and deferring federal and state income taxes.
A Cost Segregation report for residential investment property dissects the purchase price of the property that would otherwise be depreciated over 27.5 years for income tax purposes.
• Accelerate Depreciation Deductions: The primary goal of Cost Segregation is to identify all property-related costs that can be depreciated faster (typically over 5, 7 and 15 years).
• Retirement and Partial Disposition Deductions: The secondary goal of Cost Segregation is to establish the depreciable tax value for each major building component that is likely to be replaced in the future. Examples include roof, windows, doors, bathroom fixtures, HVAC, etc. When a component is replaced, taxpayers need this information to claim a “retirement loss” or “partial disposition” deduction for its remaining depreciation.
• 2 Story Residential Duplex
• Depreciable basis = $300,000
• Placed in Service two years ago
• Building Area: 2,000 SF
• Lot Size: 4,000 SF
Immediate benefits from reclassification to shorter tax lives:
• Additional deductions of $21,000 in the first year
• Additional deductions of $28,000 in the first 5 years
• Net present value of $7,500*
*Using a tax rate of 40% and 8% ROI. Does not include benefits from a future partial disposition of building components.
Cost Segregation Tax Insights
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
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 still a few issues left to be resolved. The IRS and Treasury Department … Read More
KBKG Tax Insight: Final Regulations and New Proposed Regulations for Additional First-Year Depreciation Deduction
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 Treasury denied 15-year treatment with the explanation which stated that, in order to … 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
In recognition of Small Business Week, here’s a quick tax tip to fuel your business: Bonus depreciation is a tax incentive that allows a business to immediately deduct a large percentage of the cost of an eligible asset instead of recovering the amount over the tax life of the asset. The Tax Cuts and Jobs … Read More
Reproduced with permission from Daily Tax Report, 62 DTR 12, 4/2/19. Copyright _ 2019 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) https://news.bloombergtax.com/daily-tax-report/insight-tax-insight-the-impact-of-tcja-on-cost-segregation-and-like-kind-exchange Like-kind exchange has been a popular tax deferral tool for decades. Under IRC 1031, a taxpayer can defer tax on gain from the sale of a business or investment property if it … Read More
Momentum may be building in Congress towards correcting a significant clerical error in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The error, known to some as the “retail glitch,” prevents investments in qualified improvement property (QIP) from qualifying for bonus depreciation. The correction would reduce the recovery period for QIP from 39 years to 15 … Read More
In 2018, the tax reform changes made cost segregation studies more valuable than before. Under the new law, any building components with a tax recovery period of 20 years or less, are eligible for 100% Bonus Depreciation. Historically, bonus depreciation only applied to newly constructed property, but now it’s available for any acquired property. These … Read More
“I used the Residential Cost Segregator® software right after it came out in September of 2016 for a client that had multiple single family rental properties. The cost seg report savings on the properties were tremendous. The client was very happy and I was able to charge a lot more for the tax return.”
-- Jeff Robertson CPA, Klein, Bogakos and Robertson, CPAs Inc