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What is Cost Segregation?

Cost segregation is a conservative, IRS-defined approach for depreciating commercial properties thereby reducing your federal incomes taxes, and is the most accurate way to depreciate improved commercial property acquired or built after 1986.

Accelerate depreciation, reduce your tax liability and increase cash flow in your business..
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Assets are reviewed and selected improvements (Tangible Personal Property and/or Land Improvements) are depreciated over 5, 7 or 15 years, rather than 39 years for commercial property or 27.5 years for apartments.  The identified short items identified are depreciated via either 200% declining balance (5 & 7 year assets) or 150% declining balance (15 year assets) thereby further enhancing your depreciation.

This accelerated depreciation can significantly reduce your tax liability, leading to increased cash flow for your business.

Cost Segregation can be utilized at the time of construction or purchase of an asset, and for assets owned for several years.  U.S. tax law allows an owner to recover previously under-reported depreciation using a “Look-Back” study, and deduct the “catch-up” depreciation on the current year’s return without filing amended returns for prior years.

This requires the filing of a Form 3115 (Change in Accounting Method) and a 481(a) adjustment.

Direct Quote from the IRS:

“Accordingly, a taxpayer could request “automatic consent” for a change in accounting method through the filing of a Form 3115 with a timely filed return (including extensions), and deduct the “catch-up” depreciation in the year of change with a 481(a) adjustment.”

Most of our studies return savings equivalent to many multiples of the cost segregation study cost in the very first year.

How to get started with Cost Segregation

Interested in finding out how much you could be saving with cost segregation? First, plug a few simple numbers about your property into our savings calculator found on the sidebar of this page. Then, give us a call at 1-877-375-4291 or complete the Free Analysis & Price Quote form on this page.

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