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Cost Segregation

Increase Cash Flow by Accelerating Depreciation Benefits

The principle goal of a cost segregation study is to increase near term cash flow by accelerating depreciation on commercial real estate. If you’ve constructed a new building, renovated an existing building, finished out new leasehold improvements, or acquired an existing facility, you may be paying too much federal income tax.

    Performing a Traditional Cost Segregation Study

    A traditional cost segregation study focuses on maximizing the depreciation of § 1245 1 tangible personal property. It may be conducted on any building owned by a tax paying company that does not show an operating loss or will be profitable in the near future. Good cost segregation opportunities include:

    • New construction, leasehold improvements and renovations
    • Acquisitions of property
    • Buildings previously placed in service without a cost segregation study that are currently depreciating entirely over 27.5 or 39 years

    Performing an Enhanced Cost Segregation Study

    An enhanced study has all the benefits of a traditional cost segregation study with the added focus of addressing the new tangible property regulations under § 263(a) 2: It is designed to maximize current as well as future opportunities for repairs expensing under the Tangible Property Regulations. Enhanced studies include:

    • Breakdown of the facility into broad “units of property” on a building by building basis
    • Detailed breakdown of specific systems such as electrical, mechanical and plumbing into their major components for future write offs
    • Separation of each tenant suite into its own units of property

    Performing a Dispositions Study

    A dispositions study identifies assets or partial assets that have been permanently removed from service. The Tangible Property Regulations allow the remaining undepreciated basis to be expensed. In the case of major renovations to existing real estate, cost segregation dispositions studies are the most effective means of assigning a value to the property that is being demolished.

    BBG Cost Segregation Process

    Cost segregation reclassifies the components of a building into shorter class lives. For example, a building’s floor, roof and walls might be classified as 39-year real property; site improvements such as sidewalks and landscaping would be classified as 15-year real property; communications equipment and general office furnishings as 7-year tangible personal property; and carpeting, decorative lighting and computer associated items as 5-year personal property.

    The Benefits of Cost Segregation

    The benefits of cost segregation, resulting from a deferral of tax payment and accelerated depreciation, are easy to demonstrate. In most recent years, an additional 50% – 100% bonus depreciation applies to the shorter life property.

    BBG Cost Segregation Team

    • Understands correct methodologies and employs accurate engineering-based estimating techniques 
    • Works with a client’s CPA to determine which strategies, needs and timetables are most appropriate
    • Educates our clients in how they may best contribute to the cost segregation process without incurring additional expenses
    • Senior staff that stay abreast of the latest revenue rulings, legislation and court cases pertaining to cost segregation.

    Whether you are buying, building or improving a building, BBG can help maximize your federal tax deductions through an in-depth cost segregation study.

    Matt Rader

    Matt Rader

    Managing Director | Practice Leader Cost Segregation

    Matt Rader leads and drives continued growth in BBG’s cost-segregation services.

    Bringing a wealth of experience spanning more than two decades in the real estate industry, Mr. Rader has expertise in assignments involving cost segregation, purchase price allocation, due diligence, tax and tax credits.

    Before joining BBG, Mr. Rader was a Senior Director at Kroll, a risk and financial consulting firm. Previously, he served as a Managing Director at CBRE and as a Director at Source Advisors.

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