Cost Segregation Services

Tax Strategies To Increase Your Cash Flow

Cost segregation is a sophisticated tax planning strategy applicable to building owners or renters. The goal is to identify tax savings and increase cash flow through accelerated depreciation deductions and deferring federal and state income taxes.

Cost segregation, or allocating the cost of a building’s components into appropriate classes of personal and real property, is used to shorten the depreciation recovery period. The analysis may be conducted on current and prior building costs and applies when a building is constructed, purchased, expanded or remodeled. Real property is typically depreciated over 39 or 27.5 years compared to reclassified property, which may be depreciated over 3, 5, 7 and 15 years.

The Cost Segregation Opportunity

Cost segregation increases the property owner’s cash flow through the following opportunities:

Increase In Depreciation Deductions: Cost segregation allows a portion of the property costs classified as real property to be reclassified to personal property with lower depreciable lives that will increase the owner’s depreciation deduction.

Increase In Green Energy Tax Incentives: Conducting a detailed analysis may capture benefits associated with energy-efficient building technologies as defined by Sec. 48 Business Energy Investment Tax Credit, Sec. 179D Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Deduction and Sec. 45L Energy-Efficient Home Credit applicable to apartment buildings and homes.

Reduction In Property And Sales Taxes: A cost segregation study helps to consider the effect of the property reclassification for property and sales tax purposes and gives us an opportunity to identify any rebates, deductions or exemptions that may exist as part of the tax re-computation.

Increase In State-Level Business Incentives: Many states offer business incentives (credits, exemptions, deductions, etc.) on certain types of assets generally classified as tangible personal property while offering other tax incentives related to energy-efficient and pollution control technologies. The increase in personal property provides an owner with additional cost segregation savings at the state level.

CTI Cost Segregation Procedures

CTI’s cost segregation procedure includes the following steps:

  1. Communicate with your business’s key personnel or technical advisors to collect available cost and property documentation such as purchase agreements, bank statements, contractor agreements, construction plans, invoices, etc.
  2. Perform a physical site inspection of your property to review and document the condition of the existing assets.
  3. Create a list of basic component assets and apply appropriate actual or estimated costs per the gathered data.
  4. Allocate soft costs and indirect costs to the basic component assets and reconcile to the total cost basis.
  5. Identify the segregated assets or units of property from the basic component asset list with appropriate depreciable class lives as personal property or real property, including a reference to accepted codes and legal citations.
  6. Create a cost segregation study and report document with a new depreciation schedule for independent application to your tax documents.
  7. Coordinate project details with the owner’s CPA or tax advisor and assist as necessary to complete the appropriate tax filings required to secure the benefit. We work closely with your advisor since a cost segregation may affect other areas of your tax position.

The CTI Cost Segregation Advantage

Cost segregation may be among the most frequently used yet least understood tax strategies. To put your cost segregation confusion to rest, your outsourced tax experts at CTI bring more than 25 years of experience in cost segregation, engineering and construction. We offer our clients:

  • A specialized team of professionals: A veteran team of cost segregation engineers, construction estimators, CPAs and experienced tax professionals.
  • A progressive approach: Lifetime asset management services to keep you in compliance from in-service to disposition, including management of repair regulations and recapture gains at property disposition.
  • A proven process for documentation: Testing over time against the demands of the IRS and national independent audit firms.
  • Our one-of-a-kind proprietary technology: Using advanced proprietary technology, our integrated system assists us in efficiently completing the cost segregation process and identifying the other associated benefits.

Cost Segregation Resources

The below resources help unearth your potential tax savings while offering tips for traversing the complicated landscape of cost segregation rules and regulations.

CTI Cost Segregation Calculator

If you’re an owner of a commercial property, you may qualify for substantial tax savings. Try our cost segregation calculator to see if you meet the qualifications to save significant tax dollars.

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