By applying cost segregation, property investors accelerate depreciation, reduce tax liability and increase their bottom line. This aids in future benefits via abandonment, repairs, routine maintenance and overall asset management. ETS performs hundreds of cost segregation studies on a monthly basis for property owners, providing a detailed engineering review of assets including special purpose mechanical and electrical systems, decorative finishes, site improvements, and any process related to special purpose construction.
|Study Type ||Class Life||Accelerated Tax|
|Cost Segregation||1st-Year Benefit||$3,335,777|
|Cost Segregation||5-Year Benefit||$7,492,148|
|Disposition Deduction – Removal of Existing Systems||$125,000|
|179D EPAct Deduction for Lighting Retrofit ($0.60sf)||$240,000|
|Combined 5-year Benefit with CS, 179D, Disposition||$7,857,148|
% amounts relate to how much was reallocated from the depreciated basis
Cost Segregation is based on a 40% tax bracket for federal and State Taxes and performed on the ADR Asset Depreciation Range. Financial benefits are realized by maximizing net present value through deferring tax payments and using increased cash flow to strengthen your portfolio or scale your business. The tables above identify the difference between a cost segregation study and traditional 39.5 year capitalization. The line graph (if shown) demonstrates the impact of investment cash.
Engineered Tax Services, Inc. (ETS) has helped thousands of property owners nationally increase their cash-flow by accelerating depreciation through our cost segregation studies. Our cost segregation studies work to uncover potential tax savings and increase cash flow through reclassification and depreciation of property. ETS provides a “Detailed Engineering” review as part of our reporting process, working seamlessly with the IRS and your CPA firm for minimal disruption to your business.
179D Energy Policy Act
The 179D energy certification calculates the tax deduction achieved from the installation of energy-efficient assets, including HVAC, building envelope, and lighting. The building may qualify for up to $1.80 per square foot ($0.60 per square foot for each system); however, partial deductions are allowed for lighting. The 179D energy deduction is available for newly constructed or energy renovated commercial buildings as well as apartment buildings 4 stories or more. Commercial property owners who pay taxes can claim the benefit with the exception of government-owned buildings where the tax deduction may be allocated to the designer. In order to qualify for these deductions, an analysis of your energy savings is required by a qualified firm like Engineered Tax Services. The savings are significant can additional tax benefits are often identified through the engineering process. Contact ETS for more information.
When you undertake demolition or renovate a building and tear out old lighting, HVAC units, and other building parts, these assets are disposed of. As such, their book value can be treated as a business deduction. Tangible personal property within a structure can be written off when a building is demolished or remodeled. The value must have been identified prior to the demolition and it must not have been purchased with the intent to demolish. Learn more about the disposition studies here or visit our disposition calculator here.