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What is cost segregation?

Cost segregation is a valuable tax strategy for businesses of all sizes. It is a way to accelerate depreciation deductions, reducing taxes and increasing cash flow. Creative Advising, a certified public accounting, tax strategy, and professional bookkeeping firm, can help you understand the process and maximize the benefits.

Cost segregation is a method of identifying and reclassifying certain components of a building into more rapidly depreciable assets. This allows businesses to increase their depreciation deductions in the first year of ownership and reduce their taxes.

When done correctly, cost segregation can be a powerful tool for businesses looking to reduce taxes and increase cash flow. It can also be used to retroactively claim deductions for prior years.

At Creative Advising, we are experienced in cost segregation and can help you identify and reclassify components of your building in order to maximize the tax benefits. We can also provide guidance on the best way to structure your transactions in order to maximize the tax savings.

Whether you are looking to reduce taxes in the current year or retroactively claim deductions for prior years, Creative Advising can help you make the most of cost segregation. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you maximize the benefits of this powerful tax strategy.

What are the Benefits of Cost Segregation?

For any business owning or operating real estate, cost segregation can be a valuable tax strategy. Cost segregation allows businesses to create deductions in the earlier years of a property’s life through accelerated depreciation. This helps businesses free up more cash flow in the short term while also reducing their tax liabilities and often helps businesses to increase cash returns on their investments.

Cost segregation has become increasingly popular over the past decade due to recent tax laws that make cost segregation a lucrative proposition. In addition, the process of cost segregation is relatively easy and cost effective to implement, making it attractive to businesses of all sizes.

At Creative Advising, we specialize in helping businesses unlock the potential of cost segregation. Our team of tax strategists and certified public accountants are experienced and knowledgeable in the process of cost segregation and are well versed in its benefits.

So, what is cost segregation? Cost segregation is an IRS-approved method of identifying the components of a building that can be deducted or depreciated at a faster rate than the building as a whole. Savings can be achieved by identifying short-lived items such as carpeting, flooring, theatrical lighting, window treatments, and other tangible items that can be depreciated over five, seven, or fifteen years rather than the standard 27.5 years for non-residential real estate. Cost segregation can lead to huge savings for the businesses of any size or industry.

What are the Types of Cost Segregation?

Understanding the types of cost segregation is essential to understanding how to take advantage of cost segregation in the most impactful way to reduce your tax expenditures. Cost segregation can be broken down into 4 major types; personal property, land improvements, internal allocations, and accelerated depreciation. Personal property is tangible personal property which may include furniture, fixtures, equipment, and even antiques, which are completely depreciated over a 5 or 7 year period compared to the standard 39 years (27.5 years for residential rental property and 39 years for commercial property). Land improvements can include hardscaping, fencing, grading, and drainage systems. Internal allocations are important cost segregation techniques that identify shorter depreciation schedules for materials and labor costs associated with a construction project. Finally accelerated depreciation is a cost-segregation technique that groups personal property assets into one category for the purpose of taking advantage of bonus depreciation and other special incentive opportunities.

What is cost segregation? Cost segregation is a tax-savings strategy that works to identify separate components of a real property such as personal property, land improvements, and internal allocations so that they can be separately classified as shorter-life assets, allowing you to take a larger depreciation deduction and save on your tax liability. Properly done, cost segregation can result in thousands of dollars of tax savings for qualified businesses. The types of assets that can be segregated vary, but commonly include, property improvements, equipment, office furniture, fixtures, and even antiques. Cost segregation can be done at any time for any property, but the biggest benefits come from those who are currently constructing or renovating a property.

How Does Cost Segregation Affect Taxes?

Cost segregation can have a powerful impact on taxes. It allows commercial property owners to save money on their income tax. The larger the building, the more money that can be saved through an aggressive cost segregation study. Cost segregation restructures your asset to create more deductions and helps reduce your tax burden. It can often boost depreciation deductions by thousands or even millions of dollars.

In cost segregation, costs are allocated to the individual components of a building or property. The components are then usually broken down into 5-year, 7-year, and 15-year classes. Each class can be depreciated at different rates and for different time periods, allowing the property owner to save more on taxes. Overall, cost segregation can result in substantial tax savings for the property owner.

What is cost segregation? Cost segregation is the process of separating the cost of land improvements and building components from a building or property so that they can be depreciated more quickly for tax-saving purposes. Typically, commercial properties are depreciated over a set period of time according to what is known as the 39 year life. Cost segregation allows for more of the property costs to be allocated to shorter-life asset components so that they can be depreciated faster. It can have a significant positive impact on reducing taxes for commercial property owners.

What are the Steps in a Cost Segregation Study?

At Creative Advising, our team of tax strategists and certified public accountants can help you maximize your tax savings through cost segregation studies. Cost segregation studies are customized studies that are used to identify components of a commercial real estate building that can be depreciated faster than the entire building.

The first step in a cost segregation study is to identify the components of a building that can be separated and depreciated at different rates. Our team is well-versed in the proper way to identify and classify construction costs associated with commercial and residential real estate.

The second step in a cost segregation study is analyzing the components identified in step one. We separate tangible personal property assets from the building structure or land improvements in order to demonstrate the appropriate tax treatments for these assets. The elements we analyze include interior design components, permanent fixtures, furniture, equipment, plumbing, decorative lighting, landscaping, personal property and improvements-in-the-nature-of-repairs.

The final step is for our CPAs and tax strategists to prepare the allocated cost segregation report. These reports demonstrate how the cost of each asset was calculated, which provides support in a cost segregation audit. Once complete, you’ll have the optimal structure in place for taking full advantage of depreciation and maximizing your tax savings.

At Creative Advising, we understand the complexity of cost segregation and have the proper proficiency to work with you and your tax situation. To learn more about how cost segregation can benefit you, contact our team at Creative Advising.

Qualifying Elements of Cost Segregation

Cost segregation can provide many tax savings, but to qualify, property and assets must be eligible for cost segregation. Generally, any asset acquired after 1986 benefiting the taxpayer’s trade or business used in providing services, creating products, trading or investing may qualify. Assets which are leased to other businesses or organizations, held for investment, or 1031 exchange assets typically do not qualify for cost segregation.

When looking at record-keeping systems, assets must be capitalized in the same year that they are placed in service and tax forms must reflect this timeline of costs for the IRS to accept cost segregation treatment. In addition, assets or components of larger assets must be valued separately or the entire assets will not be eligible to be broken into components for cost segregation.

When assessing an owner-occupied building for cost segregation, functional integral components can be broken down into separately identifiable personal and real property costs. Property and assets may be broken into components such as land improvements, structural components, personal property, and land improvements that generate rent and parking facilities to help realize the most tax benefits.

What is Cost Segregation? Cost segregation is a legal, structured, IRS-approved process of breaking down larger assets into their component parts. By breaking down these assets into smaller pieces, they may be classified as 5 or 7-year property, 15-year property, and personal property in order to realize a greater amount of depreciation deductions. This process can significantly reduce the amount of taxes a business needs to pay, while lowering the overall effective tax rate. Cost segregation studies analyze personal and real property assets that can be penned down separately, giving businesses an opportunity to maximize their tax benefits.

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