Cost Segregation Study
What It Is
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.
When acquiring, renovating or building real estate, most taxpayers tend to overstate the amount of 39-year real property. This limits the depreciation deductions available to taxpayers in the early stages of their investment. A cost segregation solves this problem by reclassifying assets by maximizing the property eligible for treatment as 5-, 7- or 15-year property. This depreciation optimization frees up substantial cash flow.
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 & 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.