KBKG Tax Insight: Updates to “Qualified Improvement Property”

11/09/2018

With the 2017 tax year behind us, tax professionals are laser focused on the various new rules presented by the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) effective for the 2018 tax year. One of the most significant changes related to real estate improvements is the new eligibility criteria for qualified improvement property (QIP). The … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: R&D Tax Credit – Qualified Research Expenses for Software Development Activities

09/17/2018

What software development activities and expenditures can be included in an R&D Tax Credit claim for software projects? Companies performing qualified research in creating or improving their software may qualify for federal and state R&D tax credits for the software development activities they are already conducting. These credits are a dollar-for-dollar reduction in federal and … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Utilize Statistical Sampling with Cost Segregation

09/04/2018

If you are a taxpayer that owns multiple building improvement properties which are similar in construction, utilizing a statistical sampling along with cost segregation can greatly reduce the fees and resources needed to allocate each property for tax depreciation. Pairing this with an accounting method change to claim missed cost segregation opportunities over multiple years … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Major PATH Act1 Changes to the R&D Tax Credit

08/27/2018

Major PATH Act2 changes to the R&D Tax Credit for the years beginning after December 31, 2015: The federal R&D Tax Credit has provided taxpayers conducting qualified research a significant tax benefit since it was first signed into law by President Reagan in 1981. Although billions of dollars worth of R&D credits were claimed each … Read More

An Interesting Thread To Pull; The South Carolina R&D Tax Credit

08/20/2018

Originally published article by Joseph Toppe from South Carolina Manufacturing Group on August 2, 2018. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, “South Carolina is a branch manufacturing state.” They tell us there’s not enough headquartering here, not enough research and development, but what if I told you the Palmetto State has a solution, … Read More

Eddie Price Elected to ASCSP Board of Directors

08/17/2018

Eddie Price, Director of KBKG, a nationwide tax credits, incentives, and cost recovery firm, was recently elected to the board of directors for non-profit organization, the American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals (ASCSP), for a subsequent two-year term. ASCSP was founded in 2006 to address the growing need for credentials, technical standards, education, and a … Read More

Partial Disposition Election for Buildings Being Targeted by IRS

06/18/2018

Recently, the IRS Large Business and International division highlighted five issues that it will be targeting in its “compliance campaign” audit strategy this year. One of the issues on its radar is the partial disposition election for buildings and its structural components. Treasury Regulations provide guidelines for recognizing gain or loss on the disposition of … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: R&D Credit Opportunity – Improving an Existing Product

06/11/2018

Businesses who are creating a brand-new product may be aware that the expenses associated with the cost of developing the prototype, or first article, of that product can qualify for the Research & Development (R&D) tax credit1. Qualifying expenses can include employee wages, materials used in the construction of the prototype and any third-party contractors … Read More

Bill Reeb, Kip Dellinger, and Michael Platt Join KBKG’s Newly Formed Advisory Board

05/20/2018

KBKG is proud to announce the addition of their prestigious advisory board formed earlier this year. KBKG’s advisory board members are comprised of trusted leaders in the industry known for being changemakers in their career and community. As advocates and ambassadors of KBKG, the board supports the executive and management teams through strategic analysis and … Read More

A Sense of Adventure – The Hanning Family

04/18/2018

KBKG’s southeast director and Cost Segregation expert John Hanning, was recently featured in Milton Neighbor, a local publication from the Milton/Alpharetta area. The piece, by Marchet Butler, beautifully captures the Hanning family and provides an insider’s look into who John is as a person in business and in family life. A Sense of Adventure The … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: 179D Energy Efficiency Deductions Extended through 2017

04/03/2018

The 179D energy efficiency tax deduction has been extended retroactively for improvements completed by the end of 2017. This financial incentive is geared towards: 1) building owners (commercial or multifamily), 2) tenants making improvements, and 3) architects, engineers, and other designers of government buildings. The tax deduction is worth up to $1.80 per square foot … Read More

KBKG Atlanta to Host Grand Opening Celebration Post Tax Deadline

03/21/2018

ATLANTA, March 21, 2018 – KBKG, nationwide tax credits, incentives, and cost recovery firm, announced the opening of its southeast office earlier this year. The new location, situated in Alpharetta, Georgia, is just north of the perimeter in Atlanta. To celebrate, the Atlanta-based team is hosting a grand opening event on Thursday, April 26, 2018. … Read More

KBKG is Excited to Welcome Chad Niehaus to Our Atlanta Office

03/15/2018

We are very pleased to announce that Chad Niehaus has joined KBKG as a Regional Director in our Atlanta office. Chad will be developing new business opportunities and creating customized solutions to meet our clients’ needs. Prior to joining KBKG, Chad worked in the Human Capital Management industry, where his focus was on improving efficiencies … Read More

Join us in Welcoming Chuck Huey to Our Atlanta Team

03/06/2018

We are pleased to announce that Chuck Huey has joined KBKG’s Atlanta team as Senior Manager and leader of the Southeast Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit Services group. Chuck comes to KBKG with 10+ years of working in the Atlanta area, exclusively on R&D tax credits leveraging his experience as an engineer. He has … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: IRS Penalizes Cost Segregation Provider for Aiding and Abetting

03/06/2018

Tax preparers and their clients often cannot recognize quality differences among cost segregation service providers, leading to buying decisions based on who proposes the lowest fee or promises the highest tax benefit. However, the real test of quality is how the cost segregation results stand up in an IRS audit. What are the consequences of … Read More

45L: The Energy Efficient Home Credit – Extended through 2017

03/05/2018

Homebuilders and multi-family developers have a unique opportunity to capitalize on an energy efficient home credit that is often overlooked. Low-rise apartment developers and homebuilders are eligible for a $2,000 tax credit for each new or rehabbed energy efficient dwelling unit that is first leased or sold by the end of 2017. Taxpayers also have … Read More

John Hanning Talks About New KBKG Office Opening in Atlanta

01/17/2018

We are proud to announce the opening of our new office in the southeast. The new location, led by KBKG leader and director, John Hanning, is in Alpharetta, Georgia just outside of Atlanta. We had the opportunity to catch up with John recently to hear about the new community and KBKG’s presence there. KBKG: What … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Avoid Common R&D Expense Documentation Errors

01/14/2018

Business owners are often surprised to learn they may be able to claim the Research & Development (R&D) tax credit. The credit was originally created as way to encourage American companies to conduct R&D activities domestically. While initially thought to apply to large companies with formal R&D departments, “smaller businesses” in a wide range of … Read More

Minimize Gains on Sale of Condos in Mixed-Use Developments. Condo Tax Basis Allocation Studies

01/09/2018

Traditional cost accounting for mixed-use residential projects often does not properly allocate all construction costs to each section of the property. Consequently, there may be a significant understatement of cost basis for residential condominium units resulting in higher taxable gains upon sale. This is most common within vertical mixed-use developments where residential condos are stacked … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Tax Reform & The R&D Tax Credit

12/21/2017

It’s been over thirty years since the tax code has been modified to this extent. It has been a talking point for politicians since the Reagan administration brokered the bipartisan Tax Reform Act of 1986. However, the divide between the political parties have kept it a talking point since then, until now. The Tax Cuts … Read More

Reduce Taxes on Condo Sales in Mixed-Use Developments with Tax Basis Allocation Studies

12/01/2017

Traditional cost accounting for mixed-use residential projects often does not properly allocate all construction costs to each section of the property. Consequently, there may be a significant understatement of cost basis for residential condominium units resulting in higher taxable gains upon sale. This is most common within vertical mixed-use developments where residential condos are stacked … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Maximizing the Value of the R&D Tax Credit – Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences Industry

11/27/2017

It is no secret that many Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences companies (“Companies”) conduct research and development activities that qualify for numerous tax incentives, including the Research and Development (R&D) tax credit. Recent groundbreaking legislation created a level of certainty for tax planning purposes and also includes provisions geared towards providing significant benefits to small businesses … Read More

KBKG Video: Top 5 Things You Should Know About Cost Segregation

11/15/2017

Are you a tax professional looking for an easy way to explain Cost Segregation to your clients? This 3-minute video helps building owners understand why they should consider Cost Segregation for their building and covers the top 5 things they need to know to get started. Cost Segregation is a commonly used strategic tax planning … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: How Tax Reform Bills Impact Real Estate

11/10/2017

The commercial real estate industry can expect significant changes in the event that tax reform is passed. Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee finished marking up and approved a tax reform bill introduced last week – the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” with the goal of voting on it before Thanksgiving. Simultaneously, the Senate … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Effects of Tax Reform on R&D & Orphan Drug Credits

11/10/2017

Senate Republicans released their own version of a tax plan on Thursday (November 9, 2017), just a week after the House proposal was unveiled. Although both plans keep the research and development tax credit in place, changes in the tax code will require some additional planning for taxpayers currently claiming or those planning on claiming … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: 5 Tips for Properly Vetting a Specialty Tax Consultant

11/07/2017

CPAs know it is imperative to refer clients to 3rd party consultants for various issues that require deep specialization in an area of tax. In many ways, these specialty tax firms act as an extension of your team and require coordination to deliver results that often have a material impact on a tax return. While … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Can You Claim 45L Tax Credits Retroactively?

11/03/2017

Yes, 45L tax credits can be claimed retroactively if they have been missed on prior tax returns. Since 45L tax credits are triggered in the year that a dwelling unit is first leased or sold, some taxpayers incorrectly think that the tax credits need to be claimed timely on current year tax returns. In reality, … Read More

KBKG Tax insight: Tips for Documenting Qualifying R&D Expenses

10/26/2017

Every company seeks effective ways to reduce their overall tax liabilities. Although traditional tax planning can certainly reduce business taxes, there is often a limited impact, leaving owners and managers searching for additional savings opportunities. The good news is that the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit is available to qualifying companies that have or … Read More

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: KBKG Warrior Dori Eden Shares Her Story

10/13/2017

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’d like to highlight the strength and courage of one of our very own: Dori Eden. Dori was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2017 after a 3D mammogram came back negative, and she insisted on an ultrasound that ultimately detected the mass. In a recent interview … Read More

New Tax Reform Proposal Makes Deductions More Valuable in 2017

10/06/2017

On Thursday, September 27, Republican leaders in Congress and the Trump administration released the Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code. Among the many ideas outlined within the plan is to reduce the corporate tax rate to 20% and provide a maximum tax rate of 25% for business income from flow through entities of … Read More

IRS Issues Guidance Around ASC 730 and the R&D Tax Credit

09/29/2017

According to a new guidance released by the IRS, the Large Business and International Division which serves corporations, subchapter S corporations, and partnerships with assets greater than $10 million are instructed to accept financial statements that comply with the GAAP standards as proof of Qualified Research Expenses (QREs). Ultimately, this new directive could lessen the formally … Read More

New Qualified Improvement Property Category in 2016

09/18/2017

For the most up-to-date information on Qualified Improvement Property, see our latest post. Many tax professionals are still unclear about the newest classification of building improvements eligible for bonus depreciation when placed in service on or after January 1, 2016. That’s understandable considering there has been over a dozen additions or changes to rules relating … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: IRS Releases Tax Relief Opportunities for those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

08/29/2017

Updated 10/12/17 to include Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe, Jim Wells, Milam, and San Augustine counties. Updated 9/20/17 to include Burleson, Grimes, Madison and Washington Counties. Updated 9/19/17 to include Bexar, Dallas, Tarrant, and Travis Counties. Updated 9/5/17 to include Austin, Batrop, DeWitt, Gonzales, Karnes, Lavaca, Lee, Polk, Tyler and Walker Counties. Updated 8/30/17 to include Colorado, … Read More

KBKG Insight: Does a Cost Segregation Study Increase the Likelihood of Audit?

08/25/2017

One of the most common concerns that is raised regarding Cost Segregation Studies is whether it increases the likelihood of an IRS audit down the road. While it’s well documented that these studies are accepted by the IRS if performed properly, there isn’t much evidence suggesting the implementation of a cost segregation study on a … Read More

45L: The Energy Efficient Home Credit – Infographic

08/14/2017

Homebuilders and multi-family developers have a unique opportunity to capitalize on an energy efficient home credit that is often overlooked. The 45L Tax Credit offers $2,000 per qualified dwelling unit that can also be claimed retroactively if missed in prior years; however, the clock is ticking. There is a limited timeframe for claiming missed credits, … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Maximizing the Value of the Orphan Drug Tax Credit

07/19/2017

  The Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences industry currently faces a range of issues, including the rising costs of discovery and development, major losses of revenue due to patent expirations, and increased complexities due to demanding regulatory requirements. Moreover, developers of orphan drugs must overcome a host of additional challenges that make it difficult to recoup … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Illinois Reinstates the R&D Tax Credit

07/07/2017

On Thursday, July 6th, the Illinois state legislature successfully voted to override Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto, giving the state its first operating budget in two years.  Included in the $36 billion spending plan is an extension of the state’s research and development tax credit through December 31, 2021.  The research and development (R&D) credit … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Guide to Expensing Roofing Costs

06/21/2017

Each year, tax professionals who deal with real estate must evaluate the most recent building expenditures and determine which items should be written off as a repair expense or capitalized. The most common, and often significant, item that is evaluated is roofing-related work. In many cases, only a portion of the roofing system is replaced, … Read More

KBKG Insight: Tax Court Rejects Taxpayer’s Land vs. Building Allocation

06/13/2017

On May 8, 2017, the U.S. Tax Court released Summary Opinion 2017-31 to conclude that a county assessor’s allocation to land and improvement values were more reliable than the taxpayers proposed values.  The tax court noted they could not find any authority that suggests a taxpayer is qualified to allocate the value of the property … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Is a More Valuable R&D Credit Coming Soon?

06/08/2017

The R&D tax credit, which awards companies large and small for their innovative efforts and that was made permanent in 2015, could now be more lucrative with new bi‐partisan support. Senators Chris Coons (D‐DE) and Pat Roberts (R‐KS) have introduced a bill increasing the R&D credit up to 25% for companies that not only conduct … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: New R&D Payroll Tax Credit Estimator tool

05/02/2017

The R&D tax credit is now permanent and for the first time ever, small businesses and start-ups can take advantage of this lucrative tax credit. Every year, billions of dollars are given to qualified businesses. Estimate your tax savings using our quick, simple R&D Payroll Tax Credit Calculator and save up to $250,000. Author: Kevin … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: IRS Updates Cost Segregation Audit Techniques Guide

04/18/2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a relatively substantial update to their Cost Segregation Audit Techniques Guide (ATG) in order to incorporate various tax and legal developments since it was first released. Originally published in 2004, the Cost Segregation Audit Techniques Guide assists IRS examiners during audits by providing an understanding of technical information, examination … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Online Cost Segregation Savings Calculator Provides Instant Estimated Tax Projection for any Building

03/22/2017

KBKG’s complimentary online cost segregation tax savings calculator provides instant, estimated tax projections and is easy to use. Just enter the building details and instantly receive a summary detailing the additional depreciation deductions each year generated by a cost segregation study. “KBKG’s free Cost Segregation Calculator is quick and easy when I need a high-level … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Gian Pazzia Discusses Cutting Edge Cost Segregation Software

03/14/2017

Recently, the Tax Resolution Institute invited KBKG subject matter expert, Gian Pazzia, to present a live discussion on KBKG’s new cutting edge software, the Residential Cost Segregator®. Watch the video for an overview on the topic and to learn how tax preparers can use the software to accelerate deductions on smaller residential properties, which was … Read More

Cost Segregation Software for Smaller Residential Properties

03/08/2017

Cost Segregation is now cost effective for smaller properties using KBKG’s online software designed for tax preparers and building owners. The Residential Cost Segregator® shatters previous conceptions that cost segregation should only be recommended for larger properties with a depreciable basis over $750,000. With the software, tax preparers can generate retirement deductions and faster depreciation … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Monetize R&D Tax Credits: Start-ups and Small Businesses

02/11/2017

What start-up or small business wouldn’t want an extra $250,000? Thanks to The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (“PATH”) Act of 2015, there is a new opportunity to monetize research and development (“R&D”) tax credits. Start-ups and small businesses who were previously unable to realize a benefit from this lucrative incentive should reassess R&D tax … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Deductions are More Valuable in 2016. Accelerate Them.

01/24/2017

It may have been one of the most hotly contested, controversial campaigns in living memory, but there can be no denying the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election is generally friendly for business. President Donald Trump and the Republican Party both agree that that tax reform is a top priority to help stimulate the … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Using Cost Segregation with Estate Planning

01/13/2017

When a client dies, a critical estate planning area for tax professionals involves managing the step-up in basis on inherited assets for estate and income tax purposes. The general rule for real estate is that when a property is inherited, any gains built up during the decedent’s life are not recognized. The beneficiary also receives … Read More

KBKG Launches New Residential Cost Segregation Software

12/01/2016

  Press Release: Pasadena, California, December 1, 2016 – KBKG, a nationwide tax solutions firm headquartered in Pasadena, California, recently launched the Residential Cost Segregator™, an innovative cost segregation software which allows tax preparers and building owners to generate detailed cost segregation reports on smaller residential properties. The Residential Cost Segregator™ shatters previous conceptions that … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: New 2016 Qualified Improvement Property Criteria

11/02/2016

The new Qualified Improvement Property category put into effect in 2016 by the PATH Act will have a broad impact on almost all real estate owners for the near future by increasing the likelihood real property capital expenditures are eligible for bonus depreciation. Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) is defined as any improvement to an interior … Read More

The Residential Cost Segregator™ is now available for Condominiums & Townhomes

10/19/2016

The Residential Cost Segregator™ is KBKG’s latest online software that allows CPA’s to generate custom reports in just minutes, providing tax benefits to clients without hiring a specialist. For $399 per report, increase deductions by an average of $20,000 in the first five years. Available for Residential Rental Properties up to 6 units with a … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: IRS Issues Final Regulations Surrounding the Qualification of Internal Use Software towards the R&D Tax Credit

10/04/2016

On October 4, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations which provide guidance on the qualification of internal use software (“IUS”) for purposes of the Section 41 Credit for Increasing Research Activities. The final regulations (TD 9786) address many of the comments received regarding the proposed regulations that were released in January of 2015. … Read More

KBKG Residential Cost Segregator™ Q&A

09/13/2016

Question: Did you have to file 3115 in order to partially dispose of assets retired in the current year, but purchased in a prior year? Answer: No. Current year partial dispositions do not require a Form 3115. Question: Are 5 year appliances (maybe $1,000/unit?) the main accelerated depreciation items from 27.5 year depreciation? It seems … Read More

Estate Planning Strategy Using Cost Segregation

08/19/2016

Real estate owners and investors often use cost segregation studies to accelerate depreciation deductions, generate current income tax benefits, and improve cash flow. But did you know that a cost segregation study can also be used as a powerful estate-planning tool? One of the advantages of transferring property at death (rather than by lifetime gift) … Read More

KBKG Tax Insight: Avoiding Cost Segregation Recapture Tax

08/04/2016

Savvy tax professionals that recommend Cost Segregation studies are well aware of the recapture tax rules that require taxpayers to pay back any accelerated tax deductions when the property is sold. After all, for the right situation, the net present value of those tax savings far exceeds any recapture tax payback. While the effects of … Read More

IRS provides 1 year extension to claim missed repair deductions on 2015 returns

06/03/2016

The recently released Rev. Proc. 2016-29 details new procedures for automatic accounting method changes, as discussed in a previous KBKG Tax Insight, and effectively provides a one year extension for taxpayers to implement many portions of the Tangible Property Regulations (TPR). Taxpayers are generally not permitted to make an automatic method change if they made … Read More

Deduct Your Demolished Building Using a GAA

05/18/2016

When a taxpayer acquires a building that may need to be demolished in the foreseeable future, they are often disappointed to learn from their tax preparer that they will lose all future tax depreciation deductions associated with the building. For many years, the tax code has not been forgiving to property owners who invest in … Read More

Research Tax Credit Opportunities for Architects and Engineers

05/17/2016

Architecture and engineering firms may want to take another look at the often forgotten Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credit. Many may be eligible for federal and state research credits without realizing it. Historically, the R&D Tax Credit was geared to only benefit large companies; mostly in the manufacturing, software, high-tech and pharmaceutical industries. However, … Read More

Rev. Proc. 2016-29: New Procedures for Automatic Accounting Method Changes

05/11/2016

The IRS recently released Rev. Proc. 2016-29, which lists automatic method changes and provides procedures for making them. Form 3115’s filed on or after May 5, 2016 must follow the updated rules. Background. Taxpayers make accounting method changes for numerous reasons, such as claiming missed depreciation from a Cost Segregation study, reclassifying capital expenditures as … Read More

PATH Act Improves Realty Tax Breaks, But…

05/05/2016

“As a general rule, the cost of commercial real estate improvements is recovered over a painfully long period of 39 years via straight line depreciation only. However, for specially defined categories of realty improvements, taxpayers may be entitled to the hat-trick of tax breaks: expensing under Section 179 of part of the cost of the … Read More

KBKG Video: Using Cost Segregation with Estate Planning

05/05/2016

In an article recently published by the AICPA, Using Cost Segregation in Estate Planning, our subject matter expert, Gian Pazzia, CCSP, details the ability to create permanent tax savings after a death occurs through an often overlooked aspect of the step-up in basis tax law. Our short video explains the mechanics of how this strategy … Read More

Using Cost Segregation with Estate Planning

03/31/2016

When a client dies, a critical estate planning area for tax professionals involves managing the step-up in basis on inherited assets for estate and income tax purposes. The general rule for real estate is that when a property is inherited, any gains built up during the decedent’s life are not recognized. The beneficiary also receives … Read More

PATH Act 2015 Extends and Modifies Important Tax Incentives for Architects & Engineers

02/05/2016

In December, Congress passed and the President signed The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (“PATH”) Act of 2015. The bill includes the extension of the 179D Tax Deduction and changes ASHRAE requirements for projects placed in service in 2016. The extender package also included the permanent extension AND expansion of the Research and Development (“R&D”) … Read More

Retail/Restaurant Industry Safe Harbor Under Tangible Property Regulations

01/13/2016

The IRS recently issued Revenue Procedure 2015-56 providing a safe harbor for certain taxpayers operating retail or restaurant establishments for determining whether expenditures incurred to “remodel” or “refresh” their property can be expensed under the Tangible Property Regulations released in 2013. Generally, the safe harbor benefits those enhancing the physical appearance and layout of their … Read More

45L Tax Credit study 58 units apartments Texas

01/08/2016

KBKG performed a 45L Tax Credit energy analysis on a Texas residential complex and found that 12 of the 31 dwelling units sold in 2012 and 15 of the 27 dwelling units sold in 2013 provided a level of heating and cooling energy consumption that is at least 50 percent below that of a reference … Read More

R&D Tax Credit Expanded for Small & Midsize Businesses

12/18/2015

Congress is spreading some cheer this holiday season in the form of tax breaks for both businesses and individuals. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (“PATH”) Act of 2015 was passed by both the House and the Senate and is a groundbreaking $650 billion tax extender bill aimed at providing taxpayers certainty and opportunity into … Read More

Promising News on Tax Extender Legislation

12/09/2015

On December 7, 2015, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) unveiled proposed legislation to extend a number of tax provisions that expired at the end of calendar year 2014. The proposed legislation would prevent tax increases on millions of families and businesses as the 2015 tax year filing season begins early next year. … Read More

Late Partial Dispositions – It’s Not Too Late for Fiscal Year-end Taxpayers

11/30/2015

While the opportunity to file a late partial disposition election ended for calendar year taxpayers, fiscal year-end taxpayers still have time to review depreciation schedules for these missed deductions. In the context of a building, a late partial disposition occurs generally when any building component, such as a roof, has been removed in a prior tax … Read More

IRS Releases Retail & Restaurant Safe Harbor Related to Tangible Property Regulations

11/20/2015

On November 20, 2015, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2015-56, providing certain “qualified taxpayers” engaged in the trade or business of operating a retail establishment or a restaurant a safe harbor accounting method for costs incurred related to remodeling and refreshing of their “qualified buildings.” “Qualified taxpayers” include those conducting activities within NAICS codes 44 … Read More

Tangible Property Regs – Reconsidering Small Taxpayer Relief under RP 2015-20

08/18/2015

Earlier this year, the IRS relieved small business taxpayers from having to file mandatory Form 3115’s to comply with the newly issued Tangible Property Regulations (TPRs). Accepting this relief under Rev. Proc. 2015-20 is done merely by filing of a federal tax return, leaving many CPAs unaware of the negative consequences of doing nothing. More … Read More

Senate Finance Committee approves renewal of expired tax provisions

07/22/2015

Yesterday, on July 21st, the Senate Finance Committee repeated history by overwhelmingly approving a 2-year extension of over 50 expired tax provisions with a strong bipartisan vote, setting the stage for Congress to address later this year. The bill extends many long awaited business tax extenders that originally expired at the end of 2014 and … Read More

IRS Releases New Draft Form 3115

07/20/2015

On July 15th, The IRS posted onto its website an early released draft of Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method. Form 3115 is used for accounting method changes, including complying with the Tangible Property Regulations (“TPRs”) as well as making depreciation adjustments resulting from Cost Segregation studies. The current version of Form 3115 … Read More

R&D Tax Credit for the Food & Beverage Industry

06/08/2015

With the challenge of feeding an ever growing population, food & beverage companies in the United States are forced to increase their research and development efforts to meet demand. In addition to providing more options, food and beverage manufacturers are fighting to keep up with trends in the market place which include the reduction in … Read More

House Passes Permanent Extension of the R&D Tax Credit

05/22/2015

On May 20th, the US House of Representatives passed HR 880, making the Research & Development Tax Credit permanent. The House bill is called the American Research and Competitiveness Bill of 2015. HR 880 provides no revenue offsets which will likely be met with a presidential veto, consistent with what President Obama has promised to … Read More

AICPA Recommends Increasing De Minimis Safe Harbor Limit

04/28/2015

In a recent letter, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) commended the IRS for requesting input on increasing the De Minimis Safe Harbor limit for taxpayers without applicable financial statements (AFS) and provided a recommendation. The safe harbor generally allows taxpayers with AFS (which usually means audited financial statements) to immediately deduct $5,000 … Read More

John Hanning Joins KBKG’s Columbus, OH office

04/03/2015

KBKG is pleased to announce the addition of John Hanning, SCSP, to our growing team in Ohio. John is an expert in the Tangible Property Repair Regulations, Cost Segregation, Construction Tax Planning, and Fixed Asset Depreciation Reviews. Prior to joining, John worked in KPMG’s Accounting Methods and Credit Services Group where he focused on getting … Read More

Practice Tool – Unit of Property & Major Component Chart for Buildings

03/24/2015

KBKG strives to be a thought leader in the areas we service and we’re proud so many CPAs rely upon the tools we’ve created. For those applying the new Tangible Property Repair Regulations, the first step in a proper Repair vs. Capitalization analysis is to identify and understand the Unit of Property (UOP). For real … Read More